If you missed last week’s inspiring Soup & Hope talk by Dave Wolfe and Lauren Chambliss, Hope in a Climate of Denial, it’s available online at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future website.
Associate professor Steve Reiners assumed the position of associate chair of the Department of Horticulture March 1, 2014. Reiners replaces Susan Brown, Herman M. Cohn Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences, who last July assumed the position of associate director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES), Geneva.
“Susan is a tough act to follow,” says Reiners. “She’s done a great job working with Marvin to make the merger of Ithaca and Geneva departments so successful. I’m looking forward to my new position and continuing to strengthen ties between the two campuses.”
Based in Geneva, Reiners research and extension efforts focus on helping vegetable growers enhance their profitability and sustainability by effectively managing cultural practices such as cover crops, soil fertility, irrigation, plant populations and variety selection.
As Department Extension Leader he mentored new faculty and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, and organized in-service educational activities. He also plays a leadership role in organizing the annual Empire State Producers Expo.
In addition, Reiners co-teaches Principles of Vegetable Production (HORT 3500), and last fall started a new course,Organic Vegetable Gardening (HORT 1250).
In the Low-down on pumpkin season and variety in upstate New York, a video by Ithaca College’s student-run publication The Ithacan (below), Reiners explains pumpkin choices.
If you missed USDA-ARS plant breeder and research geneticist Gennaro Fazio‘s seminar this week, From root to fruit — How rootstocks properties influence fruit production and quality – it’s available online.
Mar 04 2014
Thursday March 13, 5:00pm
Trent Preszler, MS’02, PhD ’12, is CEO of Bedell Cellars, creator of the first New York wine in history to be served at the inauguration of the President of the United States.
Trent will discuss his journey from a South Dakota cattle ranch through Cornell to the upper echelon of the wine industry.
“The shorter you mow your lawn, the more work it takes to keep it looking good,” says Frank Rossi, associate professor of Turfgrass Science at Cornell University. A backyard with grass that’s only 1 inch long needs mowing every 5 days. But let it grow to 3 inches and your lawn needs tending only twice a month. What’s more, mowing shorter grass can actually weaken its root system, which can lead to drought, pests, weeds, and more expenses. Before you get to work, check that your mower’s blades are sharp. Hitting the stems with a dull metal requires more energy to make the cut, spiking your fuel bill by 25 to 30 percent. To save even more, leave grass clippings in your yard. When they decompose, you’ve got free fertilizer, Rossi says.
Mar 03 2014
In recent years, a new wholesale markets such as food hubs, online marketplaces, restaurants, and grocery stores have begun recruiting regional products from small to mid-sized farms. Could these emerging wholesale markets be right for you?
Find out at the Small Farms Summit on March 12, 2014 from 9:30am – 3:30pm. The program, Beyond Direct Marketing: Exploring New Ways to Sell, features small farmers’ perspectives on the pros and cons of selling wholesale. Farmers who have made a successful switch to a new wholesale market will reflect on their decision-making process, benefits and challenges, costs, and infrastructure needed. Farmer speakers will also address how well the new market meets their goals, values or other lifestyle preferences.
After sharing lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to join fellow farmers from your region to swap ideas about specific wholesale marketing opportunities in your area. This interactive ‘wholesale market mapping’ activity will result in generating regional needs for projects that the Cornell Small Farms Program may fund over the next few years.
The meeting is free to attend and lunch will be provided. It will originate in Ithaca and participants in six other locations (Newark, Voorheesville, Kingston, Canton, Ellicottville, and Riverhead) will participate via videoconference.
As featured on cornelluniversity.tumblr.com:
In a Hands-on Horticulture class taught by Professor Marvin Pritts and helped by guest lecturer Professor Nina Bassuk, students learned how to prune ornamental trees and shrubs near Mallott Hall.
Mar 02 2014
One of the benefits of being a CALS and AEM student is the flexibility that the requirements provide–and that’s not something I’ve taken for granted at all. Case in point: As a second semester senior that was interested in experimenting with a new academic field, and knew very little about wine, I recently signed up for VIEN 1104: Introduction to Wines and Vines. (There is a Hotel wine class as well, which is generally larger.) Let me tell you about my experiences in the course, as it’s definitely been a unique experience!
I’ll start off by saying that if you think this is a course that students take simply to get drunk in class, you’d be sorely mistaken. If anything, students like that would be weeded out pretty quickly–as we’re only a few weeks in, and it’s been a pretty comprehensive introduction to wine principles and grapegrowing. In fact, many of the students in the class have experience in vineyard management! Topics covered so far have included the history of wine production, fermentation, and sensory evaluation. (Who knew there were so many ways that grapes could grow?)
And yes, there are regular wine tastings in class!
Chris Wien’s 2013 cut flower cultural practice studies and variety trials report is now available online. This year’s research includes:
Wien also reports on variety trials of
To see previous years’ reports, visit Wien’s research page.
From Mark Bridgen, Pi Alpha Xi faculty advisor:
Pi Alpha Xi, the national Honor Society for Horticulture at Cornell University, is organizing a weekend trip to Longwood Gardens, Winterthur Garden Museum, and Chanticleer Gardens in southeast Pennsylvania for the weekend of March 21-23.
This guided excursion is an educational and entertaining way to visit these premier gardens with others who enjoy horticulture. This very affordable package trip includes hotel accommodations for two nights, bus transportation to/from Ithaca, breakfasts, guided tours, and admission to the gardens.
The trip will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the production greenhouses and facilities at Longwood, the famous ‘March Bank’ at Winterhur, and a pre-season peek of Chanticleer led by Erin McKeon, who graduated from Cornell’s Public Garden Leadership program last year.
Space is limited, and you need to register by March 6 to reserve a seat on this trip.
Questions? Contact Mark Bridgen: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 631-727-3595