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After six years, Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory reopens

Greenhouse grower Paul Cooper in the newly reopened Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory. (Lindsay France/University Photography)

Greenhouse grower Paul Cooper in the newly reopened Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory. (Lindsay France/University Photography)

Cornell Chronicle [2016-02-09]

The rebuilt Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory Greenhouse opens Feb. 9 as Cornell continues the botanical legacy of engagement and discovery established by the first dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The 4,000-square-foot facility at 236 Tower Road features modern equipment designed for increased energy savings and improved plant growth. But the spirit of the conservatory remains fixed on the ideals of education and outreach, says Professor Karl Niklas.

“The collection is a living archive describing the wondrous diversity of plant life,” says Niklas, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Botany. “Generations of Cornell students have relied on the conservatory to bolster their knowledge. The conservatory also provides students, staff and faculty with a green oasis in which to seek solace during the winter months. It promises to extend these important intellectual and emotional functions for many more years to come.”

Read the whole article.

Cornell will invest in greenhouse agriculture

maria-greenhouseIthaca.com [2016-02-03]:

New York already ranks second in greenhouse vegetable production, according to 2012 numbers from the United States Department of Agriculture. In that year, the state had 435 operations with 114 covered acres, with wholesale value on those vegetables of $27 million.

 “I am particularly excited about the fact that three contiguous regions won the [Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) funding] competition and that all three regions prioritized agriculture,” said Prof. Kathryn Boor, dean of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). “A focus on agriculture makes so much sense for central New York. We have land, water, educated and progressive producers, research and development centers at Cornell in Ithaca and at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, and a large, sophisticated consuming public all along our east coast. This public is increasingly interested in purchasing tasty, local food.”

The Finger Lakes region, including Rochester, and central New York, including Syracuse, were the other winners in the $1.5 billion giveaway of funds liberated by New York State from the big banks in a $6 billion-plus settlement making amends for the 2008 recession.

Read the whole article.

Wanted: Dilmun Hill farm managers

Join the team at Dilmun Hill Cornell’s student-run farm!

  • Take a leadership role in vegetable production, sales, and outreach.
  • Full time paid position from mid-May to late August. (Part time spring and fall.)
  • Fast-paced, exciting, and inclusive environment.

Application deadline: Friday, February 28, 2016. Learn more and apply now!

Questions? Contact Betsy Leonard: bai1@cornell.edu or 607-423-8366
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Dilmun Hill Student Farm season wrap-up Dec. 5

From the Dilmun Hill student managers:

Dilmun Hill Student Farm season wrap-up
Saturday, December 5, 2015
12:15pm- 1:15pm
102 Mann Library

As our growing season comes to a close, we would like to gather community members for a celebration and reflection of this past season. A brief presentation will be accompanied by a light lunch and an open floor for conversation.

All are welcome!

Dilmun Hill is Cornell’s student-run farm that has been practicing sustainable agriculture on Cornell University’s campus for more than a decade. Our mission is to provide students, faculty, staff and community with opportunities for experiential learning, group collaboration and research. More info.

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Dean Boor announces Research and Extension, Core Value Staff Awards

Dean Kathryn J. Boor today announced the recipients of the CALS Research and Extension and Core Value Staff Awards, which will be presented November 3 during a 4:00-6:30 p.m. reception in G10 Biotech.

Many of the recipients are no strangers to Horticulture or the School of Integrative Plant Science:

  • Adam Bogdanove, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, is one of two faculty who will be recognized for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research for his important contributions to the understanding of the rice pathogen Xanthomonas oryzae and how it modulates gene expression in rice.
  • Two faculty will be recognized for Outstanding Service to the CALS Community: William Crepet, Plant Biology Section, for his efforts that have helped to make our CALS Community a better place including his 25 years of leadership in the Bailey Hortorium, and in Plant Biology, and Thomas Burr, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, for his accomplishments as the Station Director and his generous service to the campus and the community through participation on several organizations’ boards of directors.
  • Tim Martinson, Horticulture Section, will be recognized for Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach for his leadership in developing and promoting sustainable viticulture practices, that has been recognized throughout NY and has also served as the foundation for extension programs in other states.
  • Mary McKellar, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology Section, will receive the Innovation staff award for her enthusiasm and dedication that she brings to doing her job.
  • Mark Casasanta, NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, will receive the Job Skills award for his amazing skill set, dedication, attention to detail and consummate professionalism.
  • Elizabeth Estabrook, CALS Grants Office,  will receive the Service-Minded staff award for her outstanding work ethic, welcoming presence, service, and support to the college community.
  • And the staff Teamwork award will go to Wesley Baum, Paul Stachowski,  and Jeffrey Stayton at the Musgrave Research Farm, for regularly going above and beyond job expectations with service and support to users of Musgrave Farm and for demonstrating the values that Cornell encourages in its staff members.

Cathy Ervay (wife of Plant Science custodian Larry Ervay), Molecular Biology and Genetics, will receive the Stewardship staff award.

Martinson talks with growers at field day.

Tim Martinson, winner of the Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach award, talks with growers at field day.

The plants are coming home …

… to the new Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory Greenhouse.

CUAES staff stage large specimens in the Student House section of the  new Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory Greenhouse in preparation for moving them into the Palm House.

CUAES staff stage large specimens in the Student House section of the new Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory Greenhouse in preparation for moving them into the Palm House.

Thursday, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station staff moved three trailer loads of larger specimens from the Kenneth Post Lab greenhouse complex where the collection has been housed since the old conservatory closed in 2010.

The new conservatory is located in the same spot on Tower Road outside of the Plant Science Building as the original greenhouse, which was designed by architects Lord & Burnham Co. in 1931 for Liberty Hyde Bailey, the first dean of the College of Agriculture and a prominent palm taxonomist.

The conservatory houses one of several plant collections that make up the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium  in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. The collection numbers more than 650 species (including Cornell’s popular Titan Arums) that play a vital role in teaching, research and outreach.

Staff moved the mostly tropical plants before the weather turns too cold to damage them in transit. (Smaller plants will follow, but can be moved later in heated vans.) The large plants are being staged in the Student House section of the conservatory closest to the Plant Science Building. But they will soon be moved into the planting bed in the Palm House section closest to Tower Road.

Once all the plants have been moved and settled in to their new home, hours when the public is welcome to visit will be announced.

Join the Dilmun Hill student farm steering committee (Deadline: October 14)

Dilmun Hill — recently named one of the Top 10 College Farms in the U.S. — is looking for students to join our steering committee.

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We are a student-run farm that has been practicing sustainable agriculture on Cornell’s campus since 1996. Our community is the backbone of the farm – it makes it all work, and it makes it fun. Running a student farm is as much about organizing, budgeting, and growing vegetables as it is about working jointly as a team.

The Steering Committee is in charge of planning and implementing policy and aiding the managers in the operation of the farm. The committee meets about every other week during the school year, and consists of the current farm managers, the student researchers, the organic farm coordinator, and a group of student volunteers who apply for the position. Committee members also help with field work and are eligible for independent study credits. Interested? Apply now. Questions? Contact the managers at dilmunmanagers@gmail.com

 

In the news

Cornell University Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program Field Coordinator Nate Leonard holds one of the sidewalk pavers made from recycling used farm plastics from NY farms. Photo: Brian P. Whattam

Cornell University Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program Field Coordinator Nate Leonard holds one of the sidewalk pavers made from recycling used farm plastics from NY farms. Photo: Brian P. Whattam

New 6-County Agricultural Plastics Recycling Initiative [Empire Farm Days news release 2015-07-14] – A partnership of Ontario County, Casella Resource Solutions, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County is looking to divert farm plastic waste material away from the regional landfill in Ontario County to recycling opportunities. Recycling plastics can save farm and business owners landfill and dumpster fees of $70 or more per ton and removing farm plastics from the waste stream extends the life of landfill space. The program also serves farmers in Livingston, Monroe, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties. Read the full release.

Cornell team readies for national ‘Weed Olympics’ July 21 [Cornell Chronicle 2015-07-15] – After enduring practice through thistle and flashcards, the Cornell University Weed Team will send four graduate students and seven undergraduates for two days of agronomic combat at the 2015 National Collegiate Weed competition – affectionately dubbed the “Weed Olympics.” The contest will be held at Ohio State University’s Agricultural Research and Development Center at South Charleston, Ohio, July 21-22. Horticulture graduate student Vinay Bhaskar is among the students representing Cornell under the tutelage of Antonio DiTommaso, professor in the Soil and Crop Sciences Section, School of Integrative Plant Science. Read the whole article.

Stopping Pests Earns Greenhouse Pro ‘Excellence in IPM’ Award [NYSIPM Program news release 2015-07-16] – : Nora Catlin, floriculture specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, has received an “Excellence in IPM” award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM). The award honors Catlin for her work with commercial greenhouse growers who, on Long Island alone, contribute nearly $80 million to New York’s economy. Catlin received her award at the Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center’s Plant Science Day on July 15. Read the full release.

Titan arum timelapse videos

If you missed last week’s bloom — or would just like to see the whole thing — check out these videos:

View more timelapse videos or learn more about ‘Stinky Science’ on our YouTube channel.

New spacious greenhouses support research

Greg Inzinna, greenhouse grower with the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, is tending cassava plants in the new greenhouses. This breeding project aims to improve agricultural productivity and food security in Africa.

From Anja Timm (ait4@cornell.edu), Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (CUAES):

Cornell researchers now have a new, state-of-the-art greenhouse facility available to house tall crops important to New York State growers, such as corn, trellised peas, alfalfa and biofuel grasses.

Part of the Guterman Greenhouse Range east of the School of Veterinary Medicine, the 8,000-square-foot facility is also home to research projects with international impact, such as the cassava breeding project.

Precision environmental controls, 16-foot double-pane glass side walls, and shade- and insulation-curtains in all eight compartments create a highly energy-efficient research environment.

CUAES manages 179,000 square feet of greenhouse space on and around the Cornell Campus, making it the largest non-commercial greenhouse facility in New York. They house 200 to 300 research projects at any given time. The facilities are supported by a dedicated greenhouse team that is committed to sustainable practices and continues to implement new ways to reduce energy use and waste.

Right: Greg Inzinna, greenhouse grower with the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, is tending cassava plants in the new greenhouses. This breeding project aims to improve agricultural productivity and food security in Africa.

young plants in greenhouse

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