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Roasted or not, what a nut!

Photo by Andrés Nieto PorrasReposted from CALS Notes [2014-08-01]:

For most people, chestnuts bring connotations of Christmas or the Chinese New Year, but for Brian Caldwell and other agroforestry enthusiasts, they also represent potential as a valuable food crop. Caldwell, a research support specialist in the Department of Horticulture who grows nut and fruit trees on his farm in West Danby will be one of several speakers at a gathering hosted by the The New York Nut Growers on Saturday.

The group will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at BWW farm on Searsburg Road in Trumansburg, to explore the latest developments in growing chestnut trees, and the public is invited to tour a demonstration grove of chestnut and other nutbearing trees. Caldwell will talk about the ideal growing conditions for chestnuts – with a hot season you get much bigger nuts, and with a cold season they are smaller, so chestnuts thrive at times when other tree fruit, such as apples, might suffer – as well as organic management of pests such as the chestnut weevil.

For more information about the event, and the history of American chestnut cultivation, check out this Ithaca Times article.

Photo by Andrés Nieto Porras


David Harris, Chrystal Stewart and Fred Gouker

David Harris, Chrystal Stewart and Fred Gouker

Some recent awards and recognitions:

Crystal Stewart, Cornell Cooperative Extension Regional Agriculture Specialist with the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program, was awarded an Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) held in Mobile, Alabama on July 22. The Achievement Award is presented to those agricultural agents that have been working in their field for less than 10 years but in that short time have made significant contributions to their profession.

Fred Gouker, PhD candidate in the Graduate Field of Plant Breeding and Genetics and member of Larry Smart’s lab was a co-winner of the Best Student Poster at the International Poplar and Willow Symposium VI July 21-23 in Vancouver, BC for his paper entitled Analysis of phenotypic and genetic diversity of a Salix purpurea association mapping population.

David Harris, a rising senior majoring in Plant Science with a minor in East Asian Studies received the Long Island Flower Growers Association (LIFGA) Scholarship. Harris’s career goal is to work for an international company that plans on expanding production or sales into Asia.

Update [2014-08-02] from Marvin Pritts: At the American Society for Horticultural Science meetings in Orlando this week, Terence Robinson received the Outstanding Extension Educator Award and Bill Miller delivered the B.Y. Morrison lecture. Also, Mary Meyer, Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota (M.S. Cornell, 73), delivered the presidential address.

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