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Henrik Sjöman

Henrik Sjöman (Photo: Gustaf Klarin/SR)

Dr. Henrik Sjöman, Post Doctorate Fellow (Bassuk Lab) will kick off the Horticulture Section seminar series September 8 speaking on the topic of Modern plant hunting for urban plants: new perspectives. Sjöman is also a lecturer and researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Malmo, Sweden.

Horticulture Section seminars meet 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. most Mondays when classes are in session in Plant Science Room 404 and via Polycom to Geneva in either A134 or A137 Barton Hall. (See individual listings for which room.)

Seminars are open to all. Refreshments served. Those wishing to take for 1 credit, enroll in HORT 4950 (undergrads) or HORT 6000 (grads).

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Permaculture systems meet humans needs while restoring ecosystem health.

Permaculture systems meet humans needs while restoring ecosystem health.

From Lori Brewer:

Registration is now open for the online course Permaculture: Fundamentals of Ecological Design, offered October 6 to November 20, 2014 through the Horticulture section’s distance learning program. Space is limited to 25 participants. Registration closes when limit is reached. Registration fee is $600 and to be paid via credit card at registration. See registration link at course info website.

The study of permaculture helps gardeners, landowners, and farmers combine knowledge of ecology combined with its application to supporting healthy soil, water conservation, and biodiversity. Permaculture systems meet human needs while restoring ecosystem health. Common practices include no-till gardening, rainwater catchment, forest gardening, and agroforestry.

The course is 6.5 weeks long and provides an opportunity for you to build your knowledge about permaculture and ecological design. Participants will explore the content through videos, readings, and activities and complete portions of a design for a site of their choosing.

While the course is online, the format is designed for consistent interaction between instructors and students through forums and live video conferences. Readings and presentations will be directly applied through hands-on activities students will engage with at home.

View the full syllabus for the course and find registration information at the course info website.

Horticulture’s distance learning program offers two other online permaculture design courses:

Completion of a single class gives students a certificate of completion from the Horticulture and continuing education units*. Completion of all three courses gives students the portfolio necessary to apply for an internationally recognized certification in Permaculture Design though the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute. Registration opens about six weeks before adult education courses begins.

*Most of our participants take our distance courses for life enrichment or professional development. Participants do not receive Cornell University credit for taking any of the courses. Rather, for each course you will receive a certificate of participation from our Office of Continuing Education and Continuing Education Units. People have tried to use the educational award through Americorps Vista Program and it does not work. No financial aid awards are given or discounts to CCE staff or volunteers.

Space is limited to 25 participants. Registration closes when limit is reached. Registration fee is $600 and to be paid via credit card at registration. See registration link at course info website.

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fun day flyerVia CALS Notes [2014-08-22]:

Family centered open house at the organic acres at the  H.C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm in Freeville, N.Y.

See how cotton and peanuts grow, learn about “good” bugs and “bad” bugs, taste the best roasted peppers, learn about food preservation, bend hoops for high tunnels, watch plastic mulch equipment in action (laying, lifting and recycling) and get tips from researchers about gardening, growing and composting practices. Go on a wagon ride, get your face painted and enjoy farm-fresh snacks.

Free admission and all are welcome!

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Hortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club, will have a plant sale on the perennial pad by the green greenhouse complex at Kenneth Post Lab 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday August 11. Offerings include:

  • Astilbe
  • Peony
  • Sedum
  • Hosta
  • Hemerocallis
  • Eupatorium
  • Eucomis
  • And more

Prices: $5 per pot/$20 per five pots

Details and pictures on Hortus Forum Facebook page.

find the plant in you hofo poster

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Hortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club, will  have a plant sale on the perennial pad by the green greenhouse complex at Kenneth Post Lab 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday August 6.  

All 1-gallon pots will be $5 or 5 for $20. All 2-gallon bleeding hearts and peonies will be $10.

find the plant in you hofo poster

 

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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

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Organic Seed School
Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 8:00am to 4:00pm
Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm (CUAES) 133 Fall Creek Rd. Freeville, NY

Come learn from growers, breeders, and seed companies to better understand organic seed quality topics and how it affects your farm at the third annual Organic Seed School. The first school was organized by High Mowing Seeds in 2012.

Up to eight regional seed companies will present their new developments related to the needs of organic producers. These will include new varieties, breeding projects, seed treatments, company-specific innovations, and trialing under organic conditions.

There will also be an hour exhibition time and coffee break in which participants can visit table displays for each company and a tour of breeding plots on the farm. In the afternoon, we will have a series of moderated group discussion sessions focusing on the issues surrounding organic seed quality and availability. Bring your questions on organic seed and talk directly to the experts!

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is appreciated at: http://goo.gl/zpR5UG. The $10 registration fee can be paid by cash or check at the door.

Contact Michael Glos at mag22@cornell.edu or 607-227-7793 with any questions.

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Research at the Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Facility is in full flower …

Technician Pat MacRae tends more than 600 varieties of David Austen roses in a newly planted five-year trial.

Technician Pat MacRae tends more than 600 David Austin roses (representing 80 varieties) in a newly planted multi-year trial.

Flower Bulb Research Program's lily variety trial.

Flower Bulb Research Program’s lily variety trial.

Pallet planters

This year’s annual flower trials also features edibles, some in planters made from recycled pallets.

Perennial flower plots

Perennial flower plots.

The Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Facility is not open to the public. But you can register for the annual Cornell Floriculture Field Day August 5, which also features the 11th annual Kathy Pufahl Container Design Competition.

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From Marvin Pritts, Horticulture Section chair:

I’d like to invite you to a lunchtime presentation July 9 at noon in PS 114 where I will share experiences about my recent trip to Peru.

I am calling it a “Journey to Machu Picchu” because it involved four days of spiritual preparation (ceremony, meditation, reflection) with an old Inca guide at several sacred archeological sites before arriving at Machu Picchu at sunrise on the winter solstice. On the winter solstice the sun rises through a notch in the mountains and strikes the temple, causing it to glow in the morning sun.

Other highlights include terraces made with rocks weighing more than 100 tons that fit together perfectly, intricate Incan irrigation systems, stunning scenery, beautiful fabrics and interesting foods.

The winter solstice is also cause for a week of celebrations, dancing and parades in Cusco – the ancient Incan capital city. I will also share some videos of extreme ziplining between mountains, hundreds of feet above the ground.

I hope to see you there.

machu picchu

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soil health workshop flyerFrom Bianca Moebius-Clune, coordinator:  Cornell Soil Health Initiative.

Join us for our 2014 Cornell Soil Health Train-the-Trainer Workshop to be held on campus August 12-15.

This intensive workshop focuses on measuring and improving soil health through holistic, adaptive, and data-driven soil management.

The workshop includes a mix of classroom training, hands-on field and laboratory experience, and opportunities to network with colleagues over meals. Our target audience is professionals working with agricultural soil management issues.

View workshop details.

A few logistical notes: Participation is limited to 45, first come, first served. While the workshop is intended to be a complete 4-day experience, we are enabling participation in chosen components this year to meet stakeholder needs. An Early-Bird discount is available until July 15, but some hotel blocks expire before this time. Registration deadline is July 30.

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