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After 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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Introduction to Garden Design
March 31 to May 17, 2014.
Enrollment limited to 12 students.
About the course
- Learn garden site analysis and apply the concepts to your personal space.
- Gain proficiency in basic garden design principals.
- Articulate your personal aesthetic — what appeals to you, and what you enjoy.
- Lay out a rough site plan overview of your garden design.
You’ll do all that and more if you take this 6-week online course (plus the introduction days), which provides an opportunity for you to design your own garden. You will be studying and experimenting with the basic design procedures, learning about proper plant selection, and you will write and reflect on the process as you learn. The instructor will take an active role in this creative endeavor by providing feedback on your assignments and journal entries. You will also have the opportunity to learn from one another through an open forum in which you can share your ideas with others.
This course is designed to encourage your discovery of basic garden design techniques. It is a garden design course for the beginner. We teach an approach to gardening that is based on the principle of right plant, right place. In other words, we will consider the needs of the plant in addition to the needs of the gardener.
- Introduction Days: Welcome & Introductions
- Week 1: Site Assessment Part 1
- Week 2: Site Assessment Part 2 / Basic Design Principles: Personal Style, Garden Unity, and Maintenance
- Week 3: Basic Design Principles: Scale & Proportion, Balance & Symmetry, Repetition, Movement
- Week 4: Basic Design Principles: Color, Form & Texture
- Week 5: Designing Your Garden: Choosing & Buying Plants
- Week 6: Designing Your Garden: Final Project and Buying Plants
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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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If you missed senior extension associate Tim Martinson
talking Long Island wines, winter bud damage and House of Cards on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, you can listen here: Defending New York’s Wine
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From Steve Gabriel (email@example.com), crossposted from the Northeast Forest Mushroom Growers Network blog.
A new series of short how-to videos produced by the eXtension Forest Farming community is now available for viewing online.
The videos feature Ken Mudge, associate professor, Department of Horticulture, who has been engaging in shiitake mushroom research and education for almost ten years. Ken covers a wide range of topics, including the four stages of cultivation, mushroom life cycle, inoculation, maintenance, harvest, and optimizing production with strain selection. These video offer an excellent visual companion to the recently released publication Best Management Practices for Log-Based Shiitake Cultivation in the Northeastern United States.
View the Forest Farming Shiitake Mushrooms playlist.
The eXtension Forest Farming website is an excellent resource for growers and features a number of videos on production of other forest farming crops including ginseng, goldenseal, and ramps (wild leeks).
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professor, Department of Horticulture, received one of the five Cornell Center for Materials Research JumpStart awards
for the Spring 2014 program. This program is funded by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), designed to assist New York State small businesses develop and improve their products through university collaborations.
Taylor will collaborate with Omniafiltra LLC, Beaver Falls, NY, to test recycled fiber and seed combinations to determine the optimal nutrients, seed concentrations, paper densities, etc. that will produce a seed containing paper with excellent biodegradability and seed germination.
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From Chris Watkins Associate Dean and Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension:
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Jennifer Grant as director of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM) at Cornell University. Jennifer has previously served as an Ornamentals and Community IPM Educator, Community IPM Coordinator, Assistant Director, and until now as Co-Director of the program with Curtis Petzoldt. In this role, Jennifer and Curtis have excelled in managing the NY IPM program which affects every area of the state. While maintaining excellent research and extension capabilities in agriculture, the program has expanded to address new challenges in community IPM. I am confident that Jennifer will continue to grow this critically important program that connects campus and statewide research and extension to individuals and communities around New York State.
Jennifer joined NYS IPM in 1989 after receiving BS and MS degrees in entomology from the University of Vermont, and later earned her Ph.D. in entomology at Cornell University. While at Cornell, Jennifer has worked extensively in many areas of IPM including turf grass, schools, and IPM on recreational lands. In her current and previous roles she has developed expertise in all areas of agricultural IPM. Jennifer has nearly 170 extension, technical, research, educational and media publications to her credit and is widely recognized in the IPM field nationally and internationally. She received the Entomological Society of America’s Eastern Branch Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management in 2011. Her golf course IPM research and demonstration work conducted at Bethpage State Park over the last 13 years has helped influence golf course managers to minimize the use of pesticides on many golf courses in New York and the US.
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The New York Farm Viability Institute announced the award of $1.24 million in funding for 18 projects to improve farm profitability and sustainability in New York State. Funded projects represent a cross section of New York agriculture, including dairy, field crops, apples, vegetables, berries, and Christmas trees. Economic development projects will develop business and marketing plans for farmers, support dairy farmer discussion groups, assist young farmers, and provide support for grower cooperatives.
Some projects of horticultural interest (with project leader and institution) include:
- Prediction of soft scald in Honeycrisp apples to manage storage and marketing – Chris Watkins, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University
- Precision Orchard Management to Increase Apple Orchard Profitability – Terence Robinson, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University
- Increasing High Tunnel Profitability with Improved Soil Management – Judson Reid, Extension Vegetable Specialist, Cornell Vegetable Program/CCE Yates County
- Expanding Use of Reduced Tillage Systems, Controlled Release Nitrogen Fertilizer and Cover Crops on Sweet Corn, Field Corn and Cucurbit Farms – Rebecca Wiseman, Cornell Cooperative Extension – Suffolk County
- Detecting variability in apple harvest maturity between different planting systems using a DA meter – Craig Kahlke, in Fruit Quality Management Extension Specialist, Lake Ontario Fruit Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension
- Biological Control of the Black Vine-Strawberry root weevil complex: The whole farm approach – Elson Shields, Department of Entomology, Cornell University
- Marketing plan development and evaluation for farmers’ market producers - Challey Comer, GrowNYC
- Business Planning for Western New York Food Hub Value-Added Products – David Walczak, Eden Valley Growers, Inc.
See full list of funded projects.
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April 25 & 26, Arnot Forest, Van Etten, N.Y.
Camp 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
Come 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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Via the Northeast Forest Mushroom Growers Network:
Best Management Practices for Log-Based Shiitake Cultivation in the Northeastern United States is a new guide for growers published by Cornell Cooperative Extension in collaboration with the University of Vermont’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture and a team of farm advisors. The book and related publications are available for free download at: http://blogs.cornell.edu/mushrooms/factsheets/
Shiitakes are the second-most cultivated mushroom variety in the world, and the demand for locally produced, log-grown shiitakes is high among chefs and consumers alike. According to the guide, “Forest cultivation of shiitake mushrooms can generate income, diversify farm and forestry enterprises, add value to forestry by-products and create opportunities for timber stand improvement.” At publication time, these mushrooms sell for $10-$18 per pound across the Northeast.
The guide is the culmination of a three-year research and education project funded by a grant from USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. The project was led by Ken Mudge, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University, and included Ben Waterman and Bridgett Jamison Hilshey (University of Vermont) and Allen Matthews (Chatham University). The project was informed by the experiences of more than twenty shiitake growers producing for market in the Northeast, led by four farm advisors: Steve Sierigk, Hawk Meadow Farm, Trumansburg, N.Y., Nick Laskovski, Dana Forest Farm, Waitsfield, Vt., Steve and Julie Rockcastle, of Green Heron Growers, Panama, N.Y. and Steve Gabriel, Wellspring Forest Farm, Mecklenburg, N.Y.
The Northeast Forest Mushroom Growers Network is a resource site for growers of all scales featuring factsheets, videos, a Northeast grower directory and listings of events and classes.
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