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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 (email@example.com) or Neil Mattson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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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- Gardening in a Warmer World: a CCE Conference, Cornell University. Adaptive and innovative gardening methods to help meet challenges in the face of climate change. Registration required by Sept 20th.
Online Permaculture Design Course
, Starts January 2014. Permaculture systems meet humans needs while restoring ecosystem health. Common practices include no-till gardening, rainwater catchment, forest gardening, and agroforestry. Participants explore through videos, readings, and activities to complete portions of a design for a site of their choosing. View the syllabus and registration information at the Department of Horticulture.
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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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Take advantage of free webinars hosted by the USDA People’s Garden. Two more to happen this week, one with CGBL’s Liz Falk presenting. Check it out!
Composting and Compost Use – How, Why and Where - 12/12/2012 12 Noon – 1:00 pm EST
Instructor: Al Rattie – Director, Market Development – US Composting Council
Cary Oshins – Director, Education & Outreach – US Composting Council
Wanna make your own compost? You can produce high quality compost on a small-scale, but it’s important to use quality control standards from start to finish. Learn how you can get started, what to do with what you produce, and the many benefits and uses of compost.
Best Practices in Starting and Sustaining a School Garden - 12/13/2012 12 Noon – 1:00 pm EST
Instructor: Liz Falk – Professional Development Educator, Cornell Garden-Based Learning
Ithaca, New York
We know that garden-based learning increases a child’s likelihood to eat fresh vegetables, can increase a child’s attention span, and foster positive relationships across ages. Learn best practices on how to incorporate gardens into schools, to make garden projects successful and sustainable, and to encourage participation from others in your community.
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How many people in the world secretly dream of becoming an artist? Of capturing the beauty in the natural world all around them, recording its treasures? During the past 6 years, I have had the immense pleasure of teaching the type of lifelong learner who takes this leap, through three sequential botanical illustration courses. Students in these courses, each of which is taught twice annually, have come from all over the world. Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Russia, Canada, Germany, the Dominican Republic, and the United States represent some of the wonderfully far flung places from which students draw and paint, and then, scan and submit their work for review, along with their words of reflection.
Many (most?) students have never taken an on-line course. They initially offer a range of responses to Moodle, the interface through which the courses are taught, but all adjust and settle into a routine, immersed in the essential elements of these courses: reading in preparation for a lesson; engaging in a plethora of drawing and painting exercises, depending on the course, which they will scan and upload for feedback; writing reflectively about what they have learned, how they are learning it, and how they are celebrating their learning (or overcoming their challenges!); and talking with one another in a student forum.
There are no ‘lectures.’ Students can be in any time zone, working at their own pace, through the weekly lessons, for a period of about 6 ½ weeks.
Interested in learning more? Click on these links to find out more about Botanical Illustration 1: Basic Drawing Techniques, Botanical Illustration 2: Working with Watercolor, and Botanical Illustration 3: Advanced Techniques.
Participants receive a certificate of completion from Cornell’s Office of Continuing Education. Participants who take all three courses also receive a certificate of completion from the Department of Horticulture.
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It can be a challenge to meaningfully integrate gardening and learning. We really like the way Angela McGregor Hedstrom uses essential questions to expand on the gardening experience, and organize the big ideas, particularly with our youngest audiences.
Read this succinct and well-written article, and get started soon!
Angela McGregor Hedstrom taught at the Dryden Elementary School and Happy Way Childcare Center, Dryden, NY, while working with Cornell Garden-Based Learning.
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CGBL September Newsletter –
In 2012, Cornell Garden-based Learning revived a Cooperative Extension tradition of focusing on a yearly theme to promote educational resources statewide. With the theme of “Soil & Compost”… See entire newsletter
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The summer cohort of botanical illustration courses is already coming to a close.
Nearly 40 hard working students have produced images in graphite and ink, as well as in media ranging from color pencil and pen, to watercolor, charcoal and chalk, and pastel. Witness these beautiful renderings by Jodi Robison!
Registration will be live in December for a January course run with limited enrollment. Email email@example.com to be put on the list to notify.
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On-line Garden-Based Learning courses for the Fall
The following horticulture 6 week distance learning courses will be offered this fall for school, community-based educators, or volunteers who want to enhance their garden-based learning program. For each of these courses, participants earning a cumulative outstanding or satisfactory grade will be awarded 3 Cornell University Continuing Education Units and a certificate of participation.
Planning and Organizing Sustainable Gardening Programs – Starts Sept. 4.
Looking to start a school or community-based garden program, but do not know where to begin? This course focuses on the foundations and benefits of garden-based learning, and provides the tools, resources, and collaborative support needed to plan, organize and develop a successful and sustainable gardening program that fits your organization’s needs.
Teaching and Learning in the School Garden – Starts Oct. 8.
Focusing on the foundations, benefits, and teaching strategies of garden-based learning (GBL), participants will build a toolbox of resources for developing a school gardening program that meets cross-curricular needs. Case study, research, and GBL resources are evaluated through group discussion, learning activities, and reflective journals. Educational theory will be put into practice using real-world tools, through collaboration, practicum, small and whole group discussion, lesson plan assignments, and the final portfolio project.
Find out more about these and other distance learning courses offered by the Department of Horticulture at our distance learning site.
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