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happy folks at drinkwater lab

Why are these people so happy?

Come to our party and find out!

What: Drinkwater Lab Celebration
When: Tuesday, Sept. 23rd, 4:00
Where: Plant Science 147
Refreshments and cake will be served!

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If you missed Marvin Pritts’ and Pam Strausser’s seminar Leadership as part of graduate education at Cornell on Monday, it’s available online.

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From Jonathan Comstock, research support specialist (Wolfe Lab):

The Resilient Onesposter

Reception and Film Screening
Warren Hall B25, Cornell University
2:30 – 4:00, Friday, Sept. 26th

The hour-long film, starting at 3pm, will be preceded by a reception with refreshments in the foyer. Meet with filmmakers Victor Guadagno and Jon Erickson. The film will also be followed by Q&A with filmmakers and local individuals featured in the film.


In August of 2011, Tropical Storm Irene ripped through the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York, upending lives and communities, and reminding us of the ecological foundation of our economic well-being. Irene was a wake-up call, exposing vulnerabilities of inland communities and sounding a call to action.

In the aftermath of the storm, a group of high school students take us on a journey through the region to meet local leaders and innovators. Cody Bary, Erin Weaver, and Gina Fiorile serve as our guides to understanding both short-term strategies for adapting to extreme weather and long-term solutions to reducing carbon emissions.

The Resilient Ones explores the complex social transitions necessary to navigate this new era in human history.

In addition to the high school students that the film follows, a host of experts are interviewed including: Jerry Jenkins, Wildlife Conservation Society, Jonathan Comstock, Research Support Specialist, Cornell University; Ian Shapiro, Founder of TAITEM Engineering, Ithaca, NY; and Ken Mudge, Dept. of Horticulture, Cornell University.

More information, trailers, etc. at The Resilient Ones movie website.

Event poster.

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If you missed Monday’s seminar Modern plant hunting for urban plants: new perspectives with Dr. Henrik Sjoman, Post Doctorate Fellow (Bassuk Lab), it’s available online.

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hofo-plant-saleHortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club, will hold it’s first plant sale of the semester this Friday, September 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of Mann Library.

The club grows a wide variety of houseplants on campus in the Kenneth Post Lab greenhouses. Members hold weekly plant sales to cover greenhouse costs and fund educational horticulture trips, service projects, and community social events.

Past trips have been to Costa Rica, Longwood Garden, Holland, and Florida. They also hold a variety of social events during the year with other interests groups.

Find out more about Hortus Forum on Facebook.

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dilmun_hill_open_houseFriday, September 5, 3 – 6 p.m.

Tour Dilmun Hill (Cornell’s student-run farm) and MacDaniels Nut Grove (forest farming research and education center), and have some fun while learning about sustainable vegetable production and agroforestry.

Tours of the Grove, will depart from Dilmun at 3:30 and at 4:30 and will include mushrooms taste testing.

Other scheduled activities include:

  • Pumpkin painting
  • T-shirt decorating (bring your own shirt)
  • Lacto-fermented pickling workshop
  • Tomato taste tests
  • And more

Finger foods provided. Bring a dish to pass if inspired.

Contact: Alena Hutchinson


open house poster

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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).

More info:


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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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