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Feed the hungry, support SoHo

apples in hands

From Yen-Hua Chen at Cornell’s Society of Horticulture for Graduate Students (SoHo):

This year, SoHo is unable to take part in Apple Fest to sell apples and raise money to support our activities due to the COVID pandemic. Instead we have been able to sell a small amount of apples to a CSA, and we decided to harvest apples to donate to charity.

In view of lost funds and the current COVID situation, we are having a charity fundraiser wherein every dollar donated will result in one pound of apple being donated to charity (upto $1,800). Please do generously support us in the this endeavor and we hope to donate at least 1,500 pounds of apples to charity.

More information on how to donate.

ASHS spotlights Yen Hua

yen hua in greenhouseYen Hua, Horticulture graduate student in Bill Miller’s lab, was featured by the American Society of Horticultural Science in the Society’s Graduate Student Spotlight.  Yen’s research focuses on xylem microbiology to extend cut flower vase life.

Asked what she loves about horticulture, Yen replied, “I always can find a peaceful place in my mind when I get close to plants, and it’s fun to learn more about something you love!”

If she had unlimited funds, Yen says she would tackle two tasks: She would hire other researchers and buy equipment to learn more about plant physiology and breed new varieties.  And she woudl explore marketing strategies to open up domestic floral markets and increase the consumption of floral plants.

Read the whole interview.

Online organic gardening course starts October 8

Registration is now open for Organic Gardening one of the online courses offered by the Horticulture Section in Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science.

Raised bed vegetable gardenOrganic Gardening is designed to help new gardeners get started and help experienced gardeners broaden their understanding of organic techniques for all kinds of gardens.

Starting with a strong foundation in soil health and its impact on plant health, the course then explores tried-and-true and cutting-edge techniques for all different kinds of garden plants including food plants, trees and shrubs and lawn.

Participants read assigned essays and book excerpts, participate in online group discussions with other students, complete reflective writing/design work and take part in some hands-on activities. Most students spend about 5 hours each week with the content, though there are always ample resources and opportunity to do more.

View more information and full course syllabus for Organic Gardening.

Questions about either course? View FAQ or contact, Chrys Gardener:

Crunchy, complex: Cornell releases three new apples

susan broown with technician in orchard

Susan Brown with research support specialist Kevin Maloney

CALS News [2020-09-02]:

This fall, apple lovers can look forward to three new varieties from the oldest apple breeding program in the U.S. — located at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

On Sept. 2, Susan Brown, the Herman M. Cohn Professor of Agriculture and Life Science, and research specialist Kevin Maloney announced the release of NY56, NY73 and NY109 – marketed as Cordera, Pink Luster and Firecracker, respectively.

As an open-release, orchards in New York state and across the U.S. will be able to grow the new varieties without licensing exclusivity. Brown said this gives growers a competitive edge by allowing them to replace older apples with what today’s consumers want — crunch, complexity and a new twist on an American classic.

Read the whole article.

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