It's harvest time at the Oneida County Office Building.

This past spring, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County planted various vegetables, including corn, tomatoes, pole beans and squash, in three of the County Office Building's outside planters.

Harvesting of those vegetables has begun, with the produce being made available to county Supplemental Nutrition Program recipients throughout the month in the lobby of the County Office building.

“I am glad to see that the planters that normally beautify our County Office Building with flowers have instead been used to provide nutritious vegetables to residents who might otherwise not have access to them,” said County Executive Anthony Picente. “Improving access to such foods and increasing the awareness of their benefits are crucial elements to promoting healthy eating habits.”

Harvesting and education sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • September 21 from 1 to 2 p.m.
  • September 25 from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • September 27 from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • September 29 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Workers from the Oneida County Summer Youth Employment Program tended the gardens over the summer.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX