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The Department of Horticulture at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) requests proposals for innovative research, teaching and extension/outreach projects involving organics and sustainability in farm and food systems, and managed landscapes including gardens and green spaces.
Short proposals are requested from Cornell staff and students, Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, and New York farmers. Project proposals will be reviewed and considered for funding up to a maximum $12,000 level, but PIs are encouraged to leverage and combine TSF funds with other sources of financial support to foster more ambitious project.
Proposals will be evaluated and prioritized for funding by a review panel of Cornell faculty, staff, students, organic farmers and other qualified experts. Project leaders of all successful proposals will be notified in late January, 2014.
Click for additional information or a copy of the full Request for Proposals in Organic & Sustainability Systems Research, Teaching & Outreach or please contact Maxine Welcome (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Neil Mattson (email@example.com).
Proposal Submission Deadline: Dec. 9, 2013.
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Update on the Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR) Program:
This year has been a very successful one for PAR! Since the start of the PAR program in 1995, gardeners in the U.S. and Canada have delivered more than 20 million pounds of fresh vegetables and fruits for the needy through local PAR programs. Thank you to the thousands of gardeners whose contributions achieved this goal. This total proves that gardeners can make a difference.
MINI USA & Miracle-Gro have partnered to promote a creative marketing campaign launching the new, larger version of the MINI Cooper, the MINI Countryman. In addition to 25 roadside billboards in 11 markets, MINI USA created a “MINIMiracle” display that will appear at various events and locations across the country.
Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, take a picture of the #MINIMiracle display or Miracle-Gro wrapped MINI Cooper, and post the image to Instagram and Twitter utilizing the #MINIMiracle hashtag. For every tracked hashtag, Miracle-Gro will donate $1 (up to $50,000) to the PAR program. Follow the #MINIMiracle campaign by visiting the Miracle-Gro Facebook page.
Open Grants that are available through the National Gardening Association:
2013 Subaru Healthy Sprouts: Grant Application Deadline: November 15, 2013
2014 Youth Garden Grant: Grant Application Deadline: December 6, 2013
2014 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant: Grant Application Deadline: January 17, 2014
2014 Mantis Tiller Award: Grant Application Deadline: March 7, 2014
The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) provides grants to schools, as well as community-based environmental and educational organizations — no grants are made to individuals or businesses. Visit http://captainplanetfoundation.org and click on “Apply for A Grant.” Application Deadline: Jan. 31.
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The 2013 Vegetable Variety Trials continue throughout NYS as the summer heat holds on for a few more weeks. We’re excited to give you a peak into a few of the trials from around the State. Stay tuned for other updates soon, and if you haven’t planted your fall crops - there’s no time like the present!
From Wayne County: Beauty and produce abound in our 2013 trial beds. What fun to plant both vegetables and flowers/herbs in our same small plots. Wayne County experienced an “early” spring. Peas were in by April 4; and our sets and seeds by May 16th. We have a different volunteer for each of our beds which makes for interesting team work. The harvest continues as we enjoy the colorful additions of the flowers and herbs. We’ve been sharing our abundant crop of tomatoes with our nutrition team. They have used them when teaching about using fresh produce in meal preparation.
From Onondaga County: The trial garden is on the site of the Southwest Community Farm and jointly managed by CCE Onondaga and Jubilee Homes, Inc. The site hosts workshops, demonstrations and the Urban Delights Farmstand youth group for six weeks during the summer. Produce from the farm is sold by Urban Delights onsite and at the downtown farmer’s market, and is also donated to neighborhood residents and local food cupboards. The demonstration gardens include a three sisters planting of corn, beans and pumpkins; peanuts and popcorn; scented basils (cinnamon, lime, lemon, and holy basil); and a Vegetable Variety Trial Garden, a project of Cornell’s Garden-Based Learning program that showcases a variety of growing techniques and vegetable varieties.
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A recent study, the “Impact of Garden-Based Learning on Academic Outcomes in Schools: Synthesis of Research between 1990 and 2010,” published in the Review of Educational Research in February 2013, determined that garden-based learning had positive impacts on student’s grades, knowledge, attitudes and behavior. The study reviewed 152 articles regarding the effects of garden-based learning and ultimately decided to include 48 studies in a final synthesis.
Results of this study’s review showed a multitude of positive impacts on both direct and indirect academic outcomes. Of the 40 studies assessing direct learning outcomes, 83% found positive effects. Science had the highest proportion of positive effects, followed by math with language arts. Positive outcomes were often attributed to “direct, hands-on experiences that made classroom learning relevant.” In regards to indirect academic outcomes, 80% of studies were positive; social development surfaced most frequently and positively.
Although results of the study were consistent across programs, student samples, and school types, the study calls for increased research rigor in order to systematically understand the academic learning incomes related to garden-based learning.
Interested in exploring how our garden-based curricula can be integrated into your school, family or community gardens? Our lessons, projects, and publications offer a variety of activities, projects, and curriculum guides that can help get you started.
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Request for Proposals to Create County-based Ecologically-Designed Demonstration Gardens
Cornell Garden-based Learning (CGBL) is requesting mini-proposals from county-based Cornell Cooperative Extension programs to establish demonstration gardens in their county utilizing innovative methods of ecological design that may include but is not limited to permaculture, beneficial insects, soil building techniques or rain gardens.
Availability: Grants will only be awarded to CCE county-based programs in or partnering with community horticulture or youth development.
Funding: Applicants must be a CCE county-based office/program and can be (but is not required to be) submitted in collaboration with another county garden project/organization. CGBL will support six gardens, two at $400, and four at $250. Funding may be used for any and all necessary supplies including: plant materials, garden supplies, fencing, raised beds materials and signage. Funding may be used for, but is not limited to, expanding a 2013 Vegetable Variety for Gardeners (VVfG) Trial Garden project.
How will funds be distributed? County programs will purchase supplies, and provide CGBL receipts for reimbursement. Note: Receipts must be submitted with proper paperwork within one year from the date the grant is awarded.
Application deadline and more details >> Be sure to download the FULL PDF here: Small is Beautiful_Final
Question – Contact Liz Falk firstname.lastname@example.org
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For the second year, we will be planting the Vegetable Variety Demo Garden (VVdG) again here on the Cornell campus and would like to collaborate with CCE offices New York statewide to install a VVdG in your county.
Some of the same elements from 2012 will be repeated including vegetable varieties and components of ecological gardening (cover crops, companion planting, and mulching). This year we will also be adding perennial plants to the garden, a compost bin and – in keeping with the 2013 Horticulture theme – multiple types of plants for attracting beneficial insects. As always with VVT, we will encourage others to rate varieties by using the website at http://vegvariety.cce.cornell.edu.
To Participate: Read more about the trial and how to take part on our web site here: http://blogs.cornell.edu/garden/vegetablevarietytrial/
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In the following TED talk, Pam Warhurst, Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission in Great Britain, discusses the creation of Incredible Edible. Incredible Edible is a world-wide initiative Warhurst co-founded which is dedicated to growing food locally and which has also helped to implement food and garden education programs in schools and communities.
The local food movement, Warhurst states, “is a movement for everyone…if you eat, you’re in.” The language of food, Warhurst states, cuts across age, income, and culture, and “we are all part of the solution.”
Warhust urges communities to “make food visible” and to “encourage our schools to take [food issues] seriously.” “If we want to inspire the farmers of tomorrow,” Warhurst states, “let us say to every school: create a sense of purpose around the importance of the environment, local food, and soils. Put that at the heart of your school culture and you will create a different generation.”
Ready to get involved in the local food movement? Learn about specific vegetables and how to grow them with our Growing Guides. Check out our Seed to Salad project which engages young people in growing salad gardens of their own. Get involved with Youth Grow, a leadership program that trains youth to become actively involved in learning about and transforming their local food systems. Read about Discovering our Food System, an experiential learning program about how food gets from farm to table and how we, as eaters, are part of the process.
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The next Take Root! Training for Garden Educators is taking place this Saturday at 12 noon at the Steinway Library in Queens. Topics to include Intro to Permaculture, Season Extension and Capacity Building. A few spots still left. More info visit http://www.queenslibrary.org/event/take-roots-garden-educator-training & www.gardening.cornell.edu/takeroot.
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Interested in Vegetable Gardening?
Come view a demonstration garden that promotes ecological gardening by including different varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
We’ll be having an opening Thursday, April 26, 2012 from noon to 1 p.m.
Come view the new garden and learn about the Vegetable Variety Trial conducted by Cornell Garden-Based Learning. Light snacks and cider provided.
The garden is located along the west side of the Plant Science Building.
Additional information can be found at www.gardening.cornell.edu/vegvarietytrial
Installing the Garden on Campus – 2012 Veg Variety Demo from CCE Horticulture on Vimeo.
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It might feel a little premature to think about gardening when there is snow on the ground and spring seems so far off but now is actually the perfect time to get a jump on your garden planning and preparations. You may have already received enticing seed catalogs in the mail. (If you aren’t receiving any but would like to, contact your favorite seed company and request one. A few of our favorites that offer organic and non-organic seeds, heirloom and unusual varieties and treat their seed farmers well are Fed Co, Southern Seed Exchange, High Mowing Farm and Johnny’s.) Also, now is a popular time for gardening-related classes to be offered. Below is an exciting 6-part series being offered by our friends in Rochester, NY, Rochester Roots. To find similar classes near you try contacting your local Cooperative Extension office, an urban gardening not-for-profit, or perhaps a local plant nursery. And if you’re offering classes you’d like us to post, feel free to contact us! (Note: We may not be able to post them all but will try to post them here or on our Facebook page.)
A Six Part, Step-by-Step, Hands-on Workshop Series for School, Community, and Urban Gardeners & Farmers
Location: Rochester, NY. Please check the Rochester Roots web site for more details.
Workshop 1: Urban Garden Planning & Design (Part 1): Starting a food-based backyard, community, or school garden in 2012? This workshop will guide you in the basics of organic garden design and planning that works with nature, not against it. Design your garden to include vegetables, herbs and flowers. Bring a photo, sketch, or GIS map of your proposed garden site and we’ll start from there.
Date: Thursday, February 2, Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Workshop 2: Companion Planting & Heirloom Seed Selection (Part 2): Learn the art of growing a successful organic vegetable garden using companion planting and heirloom seed selection. Based around the idea that certain plants benefit others when planted next to, or in close proximity, companion planting can help make more productive use of your garden space while reducing water usage and eliminating the need for insecticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. Participants with leave with a preliminary sketch of their garden site and understand how to read seed catalogues and seed packets.
Date: Thursday, March 1, Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Workshop 3: Seed Starting, Greenhouse Growing, & Cold Frame Practices: This hands-on workshop will take place in the Franklin High School Greenhouse. Workshop participants will learn to make potting soil and get an early start on planting seeds for their gardens. The focus of this workshop will be on starting leafy greens, peppers, and tomatoes which participants will take home at Workshop 6.
Date: Thursday, April 5, Time: 4:00-6:00pm
Workshop 4: Soil Testing & Soil Preparation: This workshop will show you how to test and assess your soil for nutrients, heavy metals, pH, and other soil characteristics. You’ll then learn techniques that build healthy soil through sheet mulching, composting, no-till gardening, and permaculture techniques. Participants will leave with a soil test kit and an instruction sheet for assessing your own site.
Date: Saturday, April 28, Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Workshop 5: Spring Planting for an Early Harvest: Get an early start on the growing season through the direct seeding of peas, beans, root crops, and leafy greens which thrive in cool weather. Participants will leave with seeds that they can plant directly in their own garden.
Date: Saturday, May 19, Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Workshop 6: From Greenhouse to Ground Transplanting Techniques: Learn how to properly prepare the soil, form companion planting guilds, and transplant a selection of vegetables, herbs, and flowers that were started in the greenhouse. Then learn how to conserve moisture and reduce weed pressure through mulching.
Date: Saturday, June 23, Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Growing Together Registration & Fees
$15 per person per workshop or $75 series (6 workshops)
$10 low-income & students per workshop or $50 series (6 workshops)
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