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From Grant Thompson, President, Society of Horticulture for Graduate Students (SoHo)

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rooted logoFrom Marcia Eames-Sheavly and Justin Kondrat:

Due to Tuesday night’s frigid temperatures, we’ve had to delay the ‘ROOTED’ community art installation.

But the good news is that it is now scheduled for this Thursday morning. It promises to be a beautiful day!

We plan to meet our Grounds Department at the KPL greenhouses to load bulbs at 8:45, and will then need volunteers to meet at the slope below the Cornell Clock Tower between 9:15 and 9:30. Volunteers will be needed to carry pots off the trucks, place them in marked locations, stake them, and weave solar lights through the installation, after it’s firmly established.

We will conclude with remarks by Dean Boor and Marvin Pritts at 12:15, so we appreciate any and all assistance to complete this unique piece of horticultural art on time! Please join us.

We will have refreshments on hand.

For breaking information, visit the Rooted at Cornell Facebook page.

Learn more about Rooted.

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Solar powered pumping system, Pultney, NY

Solar powered pump system, Pultney, NY

From the Cornell Small Farms Program:

Are you looking to stabilize rising fuel and energy costs on your farm or homestead?  Are you seeking more sustainable sources of energy?  In this upcoming four-part webinar series, you’ll meet an organic vegetable farmer, grape grower & winemaker, sunflower & biodiesel producer, and pastured livestock farmer who will lead you through a virtual tour of their sustainable farm energy systems and ecological production techniques.

  • April 4: Organic Vegetable Farm Cools with the Earth: Warms with the Sun
    Noon – 1:00pm with Jay Armour of Four Winds Farm, Gardiner, NY
  • April 11: Family Vineyard Shrinks Carbon Footprint by 40%
    Noon – 1:00pm with Art Hunt of Hunt Country Vineyards, Branchport, NY
  • April 18: Sunflowers & Canola to Fuel: Dairy Becomes Biodiesel Production Facility
    Noon – 1:00pm with Roger Rainville of Borderview Farm, Alburgh, Vermont
  • April 25: Thirsty Livestock? Use Sun or Wind to Power a Remote Watering System
    Noon – 1:00pm with Jonathan Barter of Barter Farm, Branchport NY

Preregistration required. More information, registration links.

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Associate Professor Jane Mt. Pleasant will be one of the speakers at a symposium on the Haudensoaunee symbolism of “The Tree of Peace” and place-based foundations of indigenous science, March 21, 3 to 6 p.m. at the Nevins Welcome Center, Cornell Plantations.

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Ornithogalum research at KPL greenhouses

Ornithogalum research at KPL greenhouses

From Neil Mattson and Bill Miller:

We invite you to attend a free, informal open house at the Cornell campus to highlight some of the greenhouse research being conducted there. Come visit our trials and talk with Bill Miller and Neil Mattson. The open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 12. noon on Tuesday March 18, 2014 at the Ken Post Lab Greenhouses. Come and go as you please!

In addition, the nearby East Ithaca high tunnel facility (about 1 mile from campus) will be open to tour with Chris Wien from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

Directions,  parking and more information.

Greenhouse trials in progress

  • Spring bedding plants growing with different rates of liquid, organic, and controlled release fertilizer
  • Comparing different vermicompost materials for vegetable seedlings and transplants
  • Cut flower callas and response to GA treatments and silicon
  • Testing PGRs for height control of daffodils, hyacinth, and tulips
  • Ornithogalum potted plants and response to temperature and PGRs
  • Hydroponic spinach and lettuce

High tunnel trials – not much green yet!

  • Anemone and ranunculus for early spring cut flowers
  • Overwintering trials with dahlia and eucomis (pineapple lily)
  • Check out the high tunnel structure where Mattson has conducted trials with finishing spring bedding plants with no heat

For more information, contact Neil Mattson at 607-255-0621 or

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seeley brochure coverAfter a two-year hiatus, the 2014 Seeley Summit will be held June 22-24, 2014 in Lisle, IL (outside Chicago). There, floriculture leaders will gather to consider how water scarcity will affect their industry’s entire supply chain — including growers, retailers, landscapers, and consumers.

Seeley Summits seek to promote discussion of issues important to the future of commercial floriculture. The meetings are structured to foster discussion by industry leaders and increase the level of understanding of topics through presentations by speakers with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. The goal of the Summit is to better prepare attendees to make decisions on issues that have a great impact on their businesses and the industry as a whole.

The Seeley Summit evolved from the Seeley Conference, which was established in 1986 in honor of Dr. John G. Seeley (1915-2007) after his retirement from Cornell University and was held on campus annually. After the 26th conference in 2011, the conference’s board of directors began extensive research and re-imagining of the conference.  The result: a new, easy-to-reach venue, a shorter program, and a more focused opportunity to hear from renowned experts in the field.

For more information and online registration, please visit the Seeley Summit website.

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chili_cookoffFrom horticulture grad student Adam Karl:

The Plant Sciences Chili Cook-Off will be held in Emerson 135 on Friday, March 21, 4 to 6:30 p.m. The Departments of Crop and Soil Science, Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding, and Plant Pathology should assemble their best chili chefs in three categories:

  • Meat
  • Vegetarian
  • Wild-Card (contains at least one non-traditional chili ingredient)

Students, Faculty, and Staff are all welcome to participate! To enter the contest, email chili entries to me (Adam Karl,

Please include the following info:

  • names of cooks
  • category
  • name of chili

Registration deadline is Friday, March 14. We only have room for 20 chili entrants – so don’t delay registering!

There will be prizes for the winners of each chili category.

We look forward to sampling some chili with you!

The Chili and Games team

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Small Farm Summit locations

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In recent years, a new wholesale markets such as food hubs, online marketplaces, restaurants, and grocery stores have begun recruiting regional products from small to mid-sized farms. Could these emerging wholesale markets be right for you?

Find out at the Small Farms Summit on March 12, 2014 from 9:30am – 3:30pm. The program, Beyond Direct Marketing: Exploring New Ways to Sell, features small farmers’ perspectives on the pros and cons of selling wholesale. Farmers who have made a successful switch to a new wholesale market will reflect on their decision-making process, benefits and challenges, costs, and infrastructure needed. Farmer speakers will also address how well the new market meets their goals, values or other lifestyle preferences.

After sharing lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to join fellow farmers from your region to swap ideas about specific wholesale marketing opportunities in your area. This interactive ‘wholesale market mapping’ activity will result in generating regional needs for projects that the Cornell Small Farms Program may fund over the next few years.

The meeting is free to attend and lunch will be provided. It will originate in Ithaca and participants in six other locations (Newark, Voorheesville, Kingston, Canton, Ellicottville, and Riverhead) will participate via videoconference.

More information and online registration.


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Camp Mushroom
April 25 & 26, Arnot Forest, Van Etten, N.Y.

Inoculating logsCamp Mushroom is a unique beginner/intermediate level workshop for those interested in small-scale forest mushroom cultivation. Join Professor Ken Mudge and extension educator Steve Gabriel for a fun and technical presentation of all the latest cultivation strategies and research, much of which has been based at Cornell over the last eight years.

Participants will be trained in three methods of mushroom cultivation; shiitake on bolts, lions mane/oyster on totems, and stropharia in woodchip beds. In addition laying yard and management considerations will be covered. Each participant will also inoculate two shiitake blots to take home.

MacDaniels Nut Grove Open House
May 10, 2014, 1pm – 5pm

Students working in the Nut GroveCome visit the 90+ year old grove planted by Professor Lawrence MacDaniels which features selected hickory and walnut varieties and a full demonstration of forest farming practices including mushroom cultivation, medicinal plants, an ornamental nursery, and fruit production (paw paw and elderberry), and water management techniques including swales and hugelkulture piles. Tours by professor Ken Mudge, who re-discovered the nut grove in 2002, will be offered at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. Try hands-on inoculation of mushroom logs and see grafting demonstrations. Taste nuts and enjoy an afternoon in the woods, which is adjacent to the East Hill Recreation Trail for longer hikes. Good fun for the whole family.

More information about both events.

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From CornellCast:

Cornell Cooperative Extension director Helene Dillard and Department of Horticulture faculty Scott Peters and Jane Mt. Pleasant discussed Ruby Green Smith’s book “The Peoples Colleges: A History of the New York State Extension Service in Cornell University and the State, 1876-1948″ Sept. 26, 2013 as part of the library’s Chats in the Stacks series.

Written more than 60 years ago, the book was re-released by Fall Creek Books in 2013 to celebrate Cornell’s sesquicentennial.

Dillard, Peters and Mt. Pleasant review Smith’s writings, highlighting the impact and significance of the extension mission, critically assessing historic tensions between extension service and New York’s Native American communities, and suggesting lessons for Cooperative Extension’s future in New York State.

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