ladybug with partridige pea

The Agriculture Program is CCE’s original initiative, established in 1917.

kids with sheep at the Suffolk County Farm Camp

Tens of thousands of visitors join us every year at the Suffolk County Farm.

Image by Mike Patricio

The Marine Program's mission is to protect our waters for fish, fowl and plants.

classroom education

Personal health is a primary concern of our Nutrition and Health program.


Peconic Dunes sleepaway camp is an opportunity to make friendships that last a lifetime.

2021 Annual Appeal

Dear Friend,

At this time of grateful reflection, we thank you for being an important part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County family. Maybe you are a longtime volunteer or have enjoyed being a SPAT member. Perhaps you raised your children with the expert guidance of our human development specialists. Or, you own a farm or nursery and have relied on our unbiased, research-based information. Your children may have been a part of our 4-H clubs or you may have just been a casual visitor to the Suffolk County Farm and enjoyed carefree days with your family! In any event, your family is an important part of ours.

We all have felt the economic and social impact that the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has caused. Economic shortfalls are being felt across Suffolk County. Today, all of New York is being tested like never before. However, CCE-Suffolk's resolve has never been stronger. Across the state, our people are answering the call. Finding new ways to work and new ways to connect.

However, severe budget cuts are being felt across Long Island. While we partner with Cornell University, CCE-Suffolk’s working budget is largely dependent on regional funding and individual gifts. Therefore, due to Suffolk County’s fiscal situation, many of our programs are facing a 25% to 100% budget cut. What does that mean for you?

The 100% elimination of Family Health & Wellness and Diabetes Management programs means:

  • Our educators will no longer offer any diabetes support to health centers patients.
  • 8000 Suffolk County families, childcare staff, family workers, librarians, and teachers will no longer receive FHW programming.

A 25% cut to Agriculture, Marine, 4H Development and the Suffolk County Farm means:

  • The Agriculture Program will reduce services and research that support our local industries.
  • Marine research and restoration activities which improve water quality and enhance natural resources will be reduced.
  • There will be a decrease in 4H Youth Development programs and the hours of operation at the Suffolk County Farm will be reduced further impacting families.

A 25% cut to our Administrative budget means:

  • The inability to advance technology platforms to engage community members as our educational curriculum turns virtual.
  • A reduction in support services, such as HR, Technology, Finance and Marketing, which are integral to the delivery of our educational and research efforts.

These are tough times but we are determined to be creative and industrious. We are reaching out to all of our networks and strategizing to reduce the impact on the communities we serve.

How can you help? We ask that you please consider becoming a first time donor or increasing your annual gift this year. As our tagline says: #cceresponds and we are continuing to do so – but only with your help!

As always, thank you for your commitment to the mission of CCE-Suffolk. We wish you many blessings in the year to come. Stay well and stay safe!

With sincere regards,


Vanessa Pino Lockel
Executive Director

If you are able, please consider a donation to our annual appeal.

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87% of our support goes directly
into quality educational programs.


Judi Lach Veeck
Public Affairs and Development Director
631-727-7850 x 125

Last updated March 30, 2021