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Poppy cyanotype

Poppy cyanotype

From Jeffrey Beem-Miller, Society of Horticulture for Graduate Students (SoHo):

Celebrate Horticulture this Earth Day! Come learn about plant propagation, make beautiful artwork with plant materials (cyanotypes, right), and compete with the bees for prizes in a game of pollination at the annual Horticultural Outreach Day.

April 22 (Earth Day), 12 to 2 p.m.
On the Ag Quad south (by Plant Science)

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If you missed yesterday’s School of Integrative Plant Science seminar, Engineering the symbiotic signalling pathway of cereals, with Giles Oldroyd, Project Leader, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, it’s available online.

More seminar videos: Horticulture | School of Integrative Plant Science

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Ian Peach in New Zealand

Ian Peach in New Zealand

Ian Peach, 2014 Frederick Dreer Award recipient will be presenting a seminar on his travels to Christchurch, New Zealand and the landscape architectural response to the earthquake.

His talk is entitled:

Seedbombs and Teatime: The Imperfect Parks of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Wednesday April 22, 12:15 p.m.
461 Kennedy Hall

The Frederick Dreer Award, administered by the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, offers wonderful opportunity for one or more students to spend 4 months to up to a year abroad pursuing his or her interests related to horticulture. The application deadline for the current cycle has passed. But you can view the application and instructions to start planning ahead for the 2016 award.

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Emily Detrick

Emily Detrick

Emily Detrick, graduate student in the Public Garden Leadership program, will speak on Cultivating Alpine Plants in the Northeast at the April 18 meeting of the Adirondack Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society.

Before coming to Cornell, Detrick was the alpine horticulturist at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, N.Y., where she worked with a diverse collection of alpine plants from around the world developed by the late Frank Cabot and long-time director Caroline Burgess. Detrick will share what she learned about which alpine plants and growing practices are best suited to the inhospitable conditions they face in Ithaca and the Northeast.

The program is free and open to the public and starts at 1 p.m in Plant Science 404. Bring a brown bag lunch and socialize starting noon.

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group in woods and mushrooms on logFrom Steve Gabriel, Agroforestry Specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program:

Camp Mushroom #2
Sunday, June 7 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Cornell Campus & MacDaniels Nut Grove
COST: $50 includes handouts and instruction

Due to the popular demand for our two-day Camp Mushroom (which is sold out for April session), we are offering an additional, one-day class which will cover the same cultivation methods as the original.

The main difference is we won’t be serving meals (bring your own lunch) or having the course at the Arnot Forest. We also will not be able to offer logs to take home. (Sorry.)

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 and economics of growing mushrooms as a small farm enterprise will be covered.

Anyone who wants to get into mushroom growing as a serious pursuit should not miss out on this opportunity to learn from experienced growers and researchers who will present for this event.

Register here. (You will need to do a separate form for each person)

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farming the woods coverThursday, March 26, 2015
Durland Alternatives Library
127 Anabel Taylor Hall
2 to 4 p.m.
Free and open to public

Steve Gabriel,  extension agroforestry specialist for the Cornell Small Farms Program and co-author of Farming the Woods, will be giving a short presentation followed by discussion at the Durland Alternatives Library.

This is part of a weekly event series called The Alternatives Cafe–connecting library materials to local interests. The cafe is a weekly opportunity for discussion, collaboration, and education. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments are available.

 More information.

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chili-cook-offx400-4583The annual School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) Chili Cook-Off was an event not to be missed.

Students, faculty, and staff from all five Sections packed Emerson 135 Thursday to sample traditional and exotic versions ranging from hot to savory to sweet — many making use of unusual ingredients not found in most recipes. The creations demonstrated the kind of creativity, ingenuity and good taste you’d expect from SIPS folks.

18 teams competed for prizes in three categories.

And the winners were:

  • Meat category: Get Shorty by  Jenn Thomas-Murphy, Soil and Crop Sciences
  • Vegetarian category: Pineapple Chili by Sammy Mainiero and Sam Leiboff, Plant Biology
  • Wild card category: Bunny Chow by Andy Read, Ian Small, Monica Carvalho, Jose Vargas Asencio, PPPMB/Plant Biology

“It was a lot of fun and a big success,” says Adam Karl, Horticulture graduate student who has helped organize the event three years running.

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group in woods and mushrooms on logFrom Steve Gabriel, Agroforestry Specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program:

Camp Mushroom is Cornell University’s annual two-day event for farmers, woodlot owners, and hobby growers who want to cultivate their own shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms.

The workshop is a unique beginner/intermediate level workshop for those interested in small-scale forest mushroom cultivation.

The class runs April 24 – 25, 2014 at Cornell’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest located about 20 miles south of Ithaca, N.Y.

This year marks the 10th year of the course, as forest mushroom cultivation blossoms in the northeast as a new small farm industry. Research on active farms, facilitated by Cornell, University of Vermont, and Chatham University has found that growers are able to begin making a profit in year two. It is projected that a small 500-log operation could gross $9,000 over a five-year period.

Cost: $100 for overnight guests (primitive cabin with heat), $70 for commuters. (Includes Friday dinner and breakfast and lunch on Saturday, featuring mushrooms and local, organic foods.)


  • Friday-  6 pm dinner, program from 7 – 10 pm
  • Saturday – 8 am breakfast, program from 9 – 3 pm (with lunch)

More information, online registration.

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twitterchat announcementReposted from CALS Notes:

Forget basketball, gardening madness begins tomorrow at 1 p.m. EDT on our sister Twitter channel, @CornellCALS.

For one big hour, Cornell will join event host Biodiversity Heritage Library for a full-court TwitterChat during which everyone is invited to submit gardening questions for top national experts to answer.

Botanists and horticulturalists from BHL partner institutions – including Smithsonian Gardens, Smithsonian Libraries, National Museum of Natural History, Missouri Botanical Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, and CALS’s own Horticulture Senior Research Extension Lori Brewer – will offer answers and provide gardening tips and resources.

Join in or follow along: ‪#‎BHLinbloom‬. And get ready to get dirty.

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pbicon24th Annual Cornell Plant Breeding Symposium
Domestication: The crossroads of cultural and natural diversity

Friday, March 20, 2015 ▪ 8:30am-4:45pm ▪ 135 Emerson Hall
Free registration for in-person and webinar attendance.


  • Contrasting patterns of genetic diversity between village dogs and purebred dogs – Adam Boyko, Cornell University
  • Discovery approaches within an industry context: How can crop native traits help inform the forward problem? – Bob Meeley, DuPont Pioneer
  • Agrobiodiversity as coupled systems: interactions of cultural and natural diversity amid global environmental and socioeconomic changes – Karl Zimmerer, Penn State
  • Tale of two underutilized tree crops: Where did they come from and where are they going? – Nyree Zerega, Northwestern University
  • Evolutionary genetics of maize adaptation: domestication and beyond – Jeff Ross-Ibarra, UC Davis
  • Hopi corn, the soul of Hopi culture – Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, Hopi Cultural Preservation Office

Sponsored by DuPont Pioneer and organized by the graduate students of Plant Breeding and Genetics.

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