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CALS Celebrates the Tastier Side of Science

Michael Mazourek discusses his plant breeding work with the Honeynut squash during a event Nov. 19 at Stone Barns. Photo by Sirin Samman.

Michael Mazourek discusses his plant breeding work with the Honeynut squash during a event Nov. 19 at Stone Barns. Photo by Sirin Samman.

Via CALS News [2016-11-29]:

Nearly 200 Cornellians were treated to a taste of collaboration between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and Blue Hill restaurant on Nov. 19.

The event, held at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York, showcased farm-to-table cuisine that incorporates ingredients bred by CALS plant breeding and genetics assistant professor Michael Mazourek.

Mazourek is a leading innovator in the movement to breed better tasting vegetables that encourage people to eat more nutritious food. Since 2009, he has been collaborating with Blue Hill chef Dan Barber to create an array of healthy, innovative, and delectable dishes that are served at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, the much-lauded farm-to-table restaurant.

The event, which was a joint effort between CALS and the Northeast Corridor Alumni Affairs and Development office, allowed guests to literally enjoy the fruit—and vegetables—of Barber and Mazourek’s labor.

Read the whole article.

‘Planting Futures’ community art project Dec. 8

From the Qualities of Life working group at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies & Dept of Anthropology:

We invite you to take a few minutes to participate in a community art project.

Come plant a bulb and a dream!

There is power in making beauty and power in making beauty together.

We welcome you to write down what you would like to cultivate–the quality of life you want to protect and nurture–in your own life, on our campus, in the world and plant it under one of the 1,600 bulbs waiting for you.

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 10:00am to 12:30pm
Wee Stinky Glen outside the upper entrance of the Cornell Store

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” – Indian Proverb

planting futures flyer

Cheese tasting Friday at Cornell Orchards

Celebrate the wonderful pairing of apples with Lively Run Goat Dairy goat and cow cheeses at this free event, December 2 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cornell Orchards.


Horticulture Section Wine Tour

From Hannah Swegarden, Society of Horticulture for Graduate Students (SoHo):

35 people attended Horticulture Wine Tour this past Saturday. It was a beautiful day and we visited Domaine Leseuerre, Keuka Brewing Co., and Keuka Lake Vineyards.  We even made it to Bully Hill to snap a picture:

soho wine tour at bully hill

Reminder: Dilmun Hill’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Saturday

dilmun 20th banner

From the Dilmun Hill Student Farm farm managers:

Join us on the Farm to help celebrate Dilmun Hill Cornell Student Organic Farm’s 20th year in existence!

Activities, demonstrations, farm tours, food, drinks, live music & more!

We will be joined by a vareity of other on-campus organizations including Beekeeping Club, Fantastic Fungi Fanatics, Snodwigs, and many more. Stay tuned to here about all our special guests.

This event is FREE, open to the public, and kid-friendly.

Parking is available at the Cornell Print Services Parking lot on the SE corner of Pine Tree Rd and Dryden Rd; at the Oxley parking lot across Dryden Rd from the Humphrey Facilities Plant; and at the O lot on Campus Rd near the intersection of Judd Falls and Campus Rd. All three lots have pedestrian paths that lead to the four way stop intersection of Dryden Rd and Pine Tree Rd. Please cross in the marked pedestrian cross walks and follow the pedestrian path across the new bridge over Pine Tree Rd. The entrance to Dilmun is on the left side of the Recreation Path just over the bridge. If you need accommodations to park in the designated handicap space in the driveway, please contact Mandy Economos @ (607) 255-3332 or email prior to the event this Saturday, 10/29.

More information.

In the news: Picking the perfect pumpkin and more

Steve Reiners

Steve Reiners

Tricks for perfect pumpkin picking [Cornell Media Relations tip sheet 2016-10-10] – Horticulture Section professor and pumpkin expert Steve Reiners shares some tips on how to pick the perfect pumpkin for the Halloween season. See also this video from 2012:

Other recent news of horticultural interest from the Cornell Chronicle:

Celebrate Dilmun Hill’s 20th Anniversary October 29

Happy 20th banner

Via Betsy Leonard ‘81, Organic Farm Coordinator, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (CUAES):

Dilmun Hill Student Organic Farm is pleased to invite you to our 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Please join us on the Farm on Saturday, October 29th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for food & drink, activities, and live music.

We will be hosting an array of other student-lead Cornell organizations, faculty, and community members as we come together to celebrate twenty years of student farming at Dilmun.

This event is kid-friendly and open to the public, so please bring along any family and friends.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Comments? Contact Isabel at

Please RSVP on Facebook at:

Seminar video: The promise of urban agriculture

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar, The promise of urban agriculture with Anu Rangarajan and Molly Riordan, it  is available online.

More seminar videos: Horticulture | School of Integrative Plant Science

Dilmun Hill Student Farm celebrates 20 years

Alena Hutchinson ’18 works in a high-tunnel she designed and helped construct over the summer at Dilmun Hill.

Alena Hutchinson ’18 works in a high-tunnel she designed and helped construct over the summer at Dilmun Hill.

Cornell Chronicle [2016-10-06]

It started as a simple idea: Cornell students learning about farming should have someplace to actually farm. Thus was born Dilmun Hill.

In the 20 years since students tilled those first three acres, the farm has expanded and improved, provided opportunities for research and experimentation, started students on a path toward agricultural careers and fostered lifelong friendships. Today, Dilmun Hill Student Farm encompasses 12 acres of land, and it produces organically grown vegetables for its community-supported agriculture program and on-campus restaurants.

To celebrate the anniversary of the farm’s founding in 1996, students will welcome the community to a farm tour Oct. 29, 1-4 p.m., at 705 Dryden Road (Route 366), Ithaca. There will be booths and exhibits plus activities from many agriculture-related clubs on campus, such as the Bee Club and the Cornell Fantastic Fungi Fanatics. The party is a chance to learn more about agriculture, the joys and challenges of growing food, and the dedication it takes to be a student farmer.

Read the whole article.

More cider news

Greg Peck  (Photo: Kathi Colen Peck)

Greg Peck (Photo: Kathi Colen Peck)

Apple harvest season has been a busy one for assistant professor Greg Peck.

Along with hosting a very successful cider event at Cornell Orchards last weekend and being featured in the Cornell Chronicle, he’s also featured in two other recent articles:

Peck will also be at the Apple Identification and Documentation Day @ Reisinger’s Apple Country (October 8 at 9 am to – 12 noon) where he and others can help you identify mystery apples from old trees from your backyard or farm.


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