If you missed Peter Cousin’s seminar, Dwarves, Worms, Sex Change, and Bunch Rot: Exercises in Grapevine Breeding and Genetics, it’s now available online.
Archive for February, 2012
Feb 28 2012
Feb 27 2012
Webinar Series: Cultivating Community with Garden-Based Learning Programs
The Extension-Military Partnership community gardening project invites you to register to participate in a 5 week webinar series with an emphasis on engaging audiences with military family members. Please share this opportunity with others.
Are you working with an audience that includes military family members? Develop your knowledge and skills to create a success garden-based learning experience that spreads the benefits of gardening to your target audience.
Physical activity, fresh food and stress reduction are a few of the many well-being benefits of gardening. Gardening also helps people connect, can engage the whole family, strengthen youth-adult and family relationships, and reduce family food expenses.
Cultivating Community with Garden-Based Learning Programs Join this Cornell Garden-Based Learning (CGBL) program webinar series with a special emphasize on audience inclusive of military family members. The five-week webinar series will begin on Wednesday February 29, 2012 at 4PM Eastern Time (3PM Central, 2PM Mountain, 1PM Pacific Time) and continues Wednesdays for five weeks. Webinars will last approximately 1 hour. They are free and open to educators and volunteers interested in garden-based learning.
Advance registration for each session is required. To register, go to: https://cornell.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9M1VHs6TTZ59w3i
Though attending all sessions is not required, in the first session we will spend some time having webinar participants’ share their interests and professional development needs related to garden-based learning programs. This will help tailor sessions that follow.
The distance-learning course Planning and Organizing Sustainable Gardening Programs for Children, Youth, Adults and Communities 101a complements, and is uniquely different from, this webinar series in the degree to which it offers more depth, instruction, and individual support and feedback, across a range of topics related to planning and organizing. That course began February 20, 2012 but late registration is possible contact Lori (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Webinar session 1: Wednesday February 29, 2012 at 4PM Eastern Time (3PM Central, 2PM Mountain, 1PM Pacific Time)
Webinar session 2: Wednesday March 7, 2012 at 4PM Eastern Time (3PM Central, 2PM Mountain, 1PM Pacific Time)
Webinar session 3: Wednesday March 14, 2012 at 4PM Eastern Time (3PM Central, 2PM Mountain, 1PM Pacific Time)
Webinar session 4: Wednesday March 21, 2012 at 4PM Eastern Time (3PM Central, 2PM Mountain, 1PM Pacific Time)
Webinar session 5: Wednesday March 28, 2012 at 4PM Eastern Time (3PM Central, 2PM Mountain, 1PM Pacific Time)
“This winter, when they do the final analysis, will be close to an all-time record breaker. It’s a rare event. But I think it will become less rare.”
— David Wolfe in Much to Savor, and Worry About, Amid Mild Winter’s Early Blooms, New York Times, 2/26/2012
In case you missed these recent seminars:
Bridging Ecology and Design to Construct, Monitor and Adapt Urban Ecosystems
Ecovillages as campuses for sustainability education
Feb 24 2012
Northeast growers can capture more of the lucrative local market for fresh berries by growing brambles (raspberries and blackberries) in high tunnels. And the place to start is with the updated and expanded edition of High Tunnel Raspberries and Blackberries.
These relatively low-cost, usually unheated, plastic-covered hoop houses can help growers fill late-spring and late-fall gaps in the market. Instead of mid-June, high-tunnel berries can be harvested in May. The field-grown season for brambles usually ends in early October. But growers using high tunnels continue to harvest berries through November.
Other benefits of high tunnels include:
The 50-page production guide is available free online and features sections on:
The 2012 edition includes a new section on multiple-bay tunnel production, additional crop budgets, and new information on varieties, pests and diseases. The authors include berry researchers from Cornell University, Penn State University and Michigan State University who have helped pioneer berry production in high tunnels.
Feb 24 2012
Landscapes & Lawns – A Timely Update for Management Professionals
A program designed to update turf & ornamentals managers about the timely pests and environmental pressures present in the 2012 growing season.
Date: Monday April 9 May 7, 2012 from 5:15 PM – 7:45 PM
Contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office find out if they will be hosting this webinar. Contact info is here: http://blogs.cornell.edu/horticulture/about/cce-info/
These counties have committed to the April 9 May 7 webinar (others may be added):
DEC has awarded 2 credits for 3a, 10 & 25 and 1 credit for 3b.
Turfgrass ShortCUTT’s: What’s Up?
Cornell University Associate Professor & NYS Turfgrass Extension Specialist Frank Rossi, Ph.D., will update professionals about timely seasonal pest and environmental stress factors that managers are contending with thus far in the 2012 growing season. Particular emphasis will be placed on using an integrated, environmentally-responsible pest management approach.
Diseases of Landscape Woody Ornamentals
Recording of other programs sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sustainable Landscapes-Horticulture Program Work Team are available at:
A Role for Coal [New York Times 2/20/2012] – Can putting a lump of coal in a sealed container with lettuce help keep the lettuce fresh? Gavin Sacks, Dept. of Food Science, and Chris Watkins (right), Dept. of Horticulture, are skeptical.
Alumna’s $1 million bequest will boost agricultural sciences [Cornell Chronicle 2/20/2012] – Marcia Stofman Morton ’61 has decided to leave a $1 million bequest to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. $750,000 will fund undergraduate scholarships in the agricultural sciences program. The rest will endow internships at Cornell Plantations and undergraduate research at the Laboratory of Ornithology.
Farmers and food banks team up to feed the hungry [Cornell Chronicle 2/16/2012] – A new collaboration among farmers and New York state’s food banks hopes to increase the amount of food donated directly from those who produce our food to those who need it most. The Cornell Gleaning Project was launched in summer 2011 to help farmers who wanted guidance about the opportunities and obstacles that crop gathering and donation provide.
Feb 22 2012
Chris Wien’s 2011 cut flower cultural practice studies and variety trials report is now available online. This year’s trials include:
Wien also reports on variety trials of Ammi majus, Aster (Callistephus), Basil, Craspedia, Celosia, Cosmos, Grasses, Lisianthus and Mums.
To see previous years’ reports, visit Wien’s research page.
Plant and Life Sciences Publishing (PALS) (formerly NRAES):From Marty Sailus,
Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers, and Conservationists, NRAES 186, is a first-of-its kind, full-color guide for rearing and managing bumble bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees, and other alternatives to honey bee pollinators. The book features 130+ color photos, 10 chapters, 7 appendices, nest construction details, guidelines for parasite and disease management, and more. The book was published in 2010 and is available from Plant and Life Sciences Publishing (PALS), formerly NRAES.
A copy of the book is in Rm 22 Plant Science. It can be purchased in the PALS office, Rm 34 Plant Science.
Horticulture staff and students receive a 40% discount off the list price for all PALS books. Shipping and handling is not charged if you pick up the book.
For more information or to download a fair use copy of the book, visit www.nraes.org. Scroll down the home page for a link to the book’s description and ordering information. All PALS/NRAES books are available for viewing in Rm 34 Plant Science and many have fair use PDF’s posted on our web site.
Feb 20 2012
Take a tour of the willow biomass boiler at the New York Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva, N.Y. David Dungate, Advanced Climate Technologies, Schenectady, N.Y. explains how the boiler works.
See how researchers at NYSAES harvest small willow plots to collect data