The Wild Harvest Table Project

Worksite Location
Seneca County CCE, Saratoga County CCE, and possibly other CCE county associations
Faculty Sponsor
Paul Curtis, DEL, Department of Natural Resources
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Keith Tidball, SEA, Department of Natural Resources
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Moira Tidball, Seneca County CCE Nutrition Educator
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

The Wild Harvest Table Project was initially developed by Human Ecology Nutrition Resource educator from Seneca County, Moira Tidball, and Keith Tidball, Senior Extension Associate from the Department of Natural Resources, as an extension web resource. The program has been expanded as part of Hatch and Smith Lever grants (principle investigators: Paul Curtis and Keith Tidball) to further explore wild game and fish consumption and how it fits into the local food ('locavore') movement, food security, civic ecology, and natural resource management. During 2013, we evaluated consumer motivations and barriers to consuming wild game and fish, conducted a very successful 'Panfish to Plate' fishing workshop in Waterloo, ), and expanded and updated the WHT website ( ). As part of the Smith Lever project for FY2014, we intend to duplicate program materials and expand the program to other CCE county associations. Saratoga County CCE has expressed interest in hosting a WHT workshop, and we will communicate with other CCE county educators who may be interested in program resources.

Roles and Responsibilities

The intern will assist in updating and maintaining the Wild Harvest Table website and affiliated publications. The student intern will also help develop and implement extension workshops and programming focused on procuring and preparing wild game and/or fish. The intern would be welcomed (and oriented) to the staff at Seneca County CCE and would be expected to follow the code of conduct accordingly. During 2014, the intern would also assist with developing additional program materials and delivering extension workshops both within Seneca County, and with other interested CCE associations.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Student needs to have an open mind to the idea of wild game and fish as food. Knowledge of Word Press and/or blogging would be helpful, as well as strong writing and presentation skills.

Benefits and Skills

The student will gain an understanding of how CCE operates, of collaborative activities between campus and county associations, and development of extension programming. The student will also learn to successfully plan and implement educational workshops and written items for CCE. The intern will gain job readiness skills by immersion into the office environment at Seneca CCE.