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The Urban/Home Horticulture Overlap (Hint: It’s all Urban!) [Upstate Gardeners Journal 2013-09-05] – Resources from the Urban Horticulture Institute can help you match the right woody plant to your site, whether it’s street-side or in less stressful locations, says UHI director Nina Bassuk.
Breeders, seed savers advance organics movement [Cornell Chronicle 2013-09-04] – Gardeners in search of the perfect, pesticide-free pepper – that can be grown organically under local weather conditions – are unlikely to find seeds in a shop. But they may soon benefit from a participatory plant breeding and seed saving movement that is gaining momentum with help from Cornell scientists and alumni.
New varieties hold promise for New York growers [The Packer 2013-0829] – Fans of the Honeycrisp will likely celebrate the new variety SnapDragon. Cornell University breeder Susan Brown, who developed the variety, says SnapDragon is similar to Honeycrisp in quality, but it is far less prone to many of the production challenges of Honeycrisp, including bitter pit, soft scald and fire blight susceptibility. Plus it has a longer shelf life.
TC3 tackles farming, food with new culinary program [Ithaca Journal 2013-08-21] – Tompkins Cortland Community College is planning new academic programs in culinary arts and sustainable farming and food systems, with a farm near the Dryden campus and a restaurant in downtown Ithaca to help give students hands-on practical experience in both fields.
Meet the Juneberry [CALS Notes 2013-08-21] - If a new research effort beginning at Cornell’s Willsboro Research Farm is successful, the juneberry, a Canadian cousin of the eastern serviceberry, may soon find a new home among the commercial berry patches of New York State.
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Shiitake mushroom demo at MacDaniels nut grove
Via Steve Gabriel, Extension Aide, Department of Horticulture
Learn about agroforestry and forest farming during fall semester work parties at Cornell’s MacDaniels Nut Grove
These Thursdays, 4:30 to 7 p.m.:
- September 12
- September 26
- October 10
- October 17
- November 7
The MacDaniels Nut Grove is a forest farming and agroforestry research and education center located in the Cornell Plantations Upper Cascadilla Natural Area. The 5-acre site, just east of Cornell Orchards, was originally planted in the 1930s by pioneering horticulturist Dr. L.H. MacDaniels (1888-1986). Neglected for decades, researchers and students began renovating the site and establishing new research projects since 2002. The site currently boasts demonstrations of a wide range of crops that can be grown in the forest, including mushrooms, wild leeks, ginseng, ornamental plants, nuts, and fruits like Paw Paw. Read more at: http://blogs.cornell.edu/mushrooms/nutgrove/
Work Parties will engage participants in a range of infrastructure and site improvements. We will work on a variety of projects including trail work, planting, mulching, mushroom inoculation, and more.
The Nut Grove is maintained by Professor Ken Mudge and extension Aide Steve Gabriel along with student workers and volunteers. In addition to conducting agroforestry research at Cornell, Ken and Steve are co-authoring a book on the subject, see www.FarmingTheWoods.com.
The work parties are free and open to the public. We ask that you come prepared to work in the fall weather. Please wear close-toed shoes and bring water to drink.
Questions? Contact Steve Gabriel: email@example.com
Visit the Nut Grove
The MacDaniels Nut Grove is located adjacent to the Cornell campus, just south of the Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine and Cornell Orchards at the east end of campus.
To reach the grove, turn south at the intersection of Rt. 366 and Caldwell Rd on PALM Rd.. (See Google map below.) Take first right and park at end of road adjacent to Library Annex. (Do not block dumpsters or service area.)
Walk across field to the south of deer fencing surrounding Cornell Orchards to marked entrance into woods at southeast edge of field.
View Macdaniels Nut Grove in a larger map
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Cover crop mix in urban garden.
Calling all Gardeners! Would you like to: Improve your soil? Add nutrients for next year’s veggies? Start out with a weed-free plot next Spring?
Come learn how at the workshop led by Megan M. Gregory, Graduate Research Assistant, The Agroecology Lab, Cornell University:
Cover Cropping for Healthy Soils
Friday, September 6, 6:00-7:30 pm
Ithaca Community Gardens — West Garden Gazebo
At this workshop you will:
- Learn cover crop basics, benefits, and how to select cover crops for different seasons & purposes (building organic matter, adding nitrogen through the use of legumes, suppressing weeds, etc.)
- Participate in a planting demonstration
- Get free seeds for your garden!
Directions: Turn north from Route 13 onto 3rd Street (toward the Farmers’ Market). Turn left onto Carpenter Circle (BEFORE the railroad tracks). Come through the gate on your right to enter the West side of the garden.
Please see this flier for more information and spread the word to your fellow gardeners!
For more information please contact Megan at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-287-7794.
Learn more about garden cover cropping at Megan’s Garden Ecology Project website/blog. (Also available in Spanish: Proyecto Ecología de los Huertos.)
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Organic Cover Crop Workshop and Tour
October 17, 2013
USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center, Corning, NY
This workshop will feature speakers from Cornell University presenting in depth information on cover cropping and reduced tillage for vegetable growers with an emphasis on organic systems. There will be a tour of the time of seeding cover crop demonstration with single and multiple species of cover crops, reduced tillage tools and a row crop interseeder.
Laurie Drinkwater, Thomas Bjorkman, Anu Rangarajan, and Brian Caldwell are among the presenters at this event, sponsored by Sponsored by the USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Northeast Farming Association of New York (NOFA) Upper Susquehanna Coalition and NY State Department of Ag. and Markets. Lunch available for $12.00.
Directions, registration form and more information.
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From Sonja Skelly, Director of Education, Cornell Plantations: email@example.com
Our annual Fall Lecture Series begins on Wednesday, August 28 and will run every other Wednesday until November 6, 2013. Cornell University English Professor Thomas Hill kicks off the series with a lecture entitled Pagan and Christian Trees: From Ambrose to “Juniper Tree.” Professor Hill’s lecture will focus on the importance of trees in Christian thought and will be a literary history of some spiritual, cosmological and real trees in the literature of medieval and early modern Europe. This lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Call Alumni Auditorium in Kennedy Hall and will be followed by a garden party in the botanical gardens of Cornell Plantations. All remaining lectures will take place in Statler Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
Cornell students can enroll in the Lecture Series for one-credit, pass/fail: HORT 4800.
Also featured in this fall’s series:
- New and Trendy Plants for Today’s Gardens, Bill Hendricks, President Klyn Nurseries
- Conserving Species in a Changing World, Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden
- My Weedless Garden, Lee Reich, Ph.D. Author
- Nature Wars: the Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds, Jim Sterba, Journalist & Author
- The Search for Botanical Gold, Manuel Aregullin, Senior Research Associate, Departments of Plant Biology & Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University
More information at the Cornell Plantations website.
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Floriculture Field Day 2013
Juneberries are rich in iron, calcium, manganese, protein and fiber. Jim Ochterski photo.
[CALS Notes 2013-08-17] – In his welcome, CALS senior associate dean Jan Nyrop told the gathered floriculture professionals about a Scottish study that showed walking in green spaces and parks simulated rest and mediation and relieve “decision fatigue.” “Plants reduce fatigue,” Nyrop said. “Therefore, all of you in the audience contribute great service to society.”
New Super Fruit for Northern New York? Willsboro Research Farm Establishing Juneberry Nursery [NNYADP news release 2013-08-15] – Northern New York is getting on the Juneberry super fruit bandwagon. With funding from the farmer-led Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, one of the largest Juneberry research nurseries will be established at the Cornell Willsboro Research Farm in Willsboro, NY.
Turning tired land into energizing liquid gold [Cornell Chronicle 2013-08-05] – Regional growers, corporate processors, agency personnel and academics gathered for the Perennial Biofeedstock Energy Tour July 31 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service facility in Big Flats. Six Cornell experts — including horticulture grad student Eric Fabio and horticulture professor Alan Taylor — provided field presentations that detailed current efficiencies in bioenergy grasses, explained sustainable development of marginal soils, clarified differences between seed and treated seed, illuminated projects for breeding shrub willows for biofuels and provided updates on managing potential pathogen pressures in grasses.
A rare vintage [VISIONS Across America 2013-07-26] – Iowa State University Alumni Association profiles Bedell Cellars CEO Trent Preszler (Ph.D. ’12).
GMOs May Feed the World Using Fewer Pesticides [NOVAnext 2013-07-26] – Potato breeder Walter De Jong, associate professor, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, develops varieties to stay a step ahead of devastating insect infestations and disease.
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Less than a week into its crowd-sourcing fund-raising campaign, Dilmun Hill Student Farm has already reached 70 percent of its $5,000 goal. Donations are tax deductable and will be used to improve the farm’s outdoor teaching facilities and expand the farm’s hands-on educational mission.
Help push them over the top.
Here’s their pitch:
And a big thank you to donors:
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by Mary Woodsen, New York State Integrated Pest Management Program.
“Impressive.” “The best workshop I’ve ever been to.” “She was committed to my success every step of the way.”
Accolades like these have earned Elizabeth Lamb the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program’s (NYS IPM) Excellence in IPM award. This award honors people who make outstanding contributions to preventive and least-toxic tactics for dealing with pests.
As ornamentals coordinator for NYS IPM since 2006, Lamb has provided scores of workshops for 2,000-plus nursery and greenhouse growers, Christmas tree farmers, and landscapers — people working in industries collectively worth nearly $200 million per year to New York’s economy, and that at wholesale prices.
“Betsy’s workshops are always full with waiting lists of people who’d like to attend,” says Mark Bridgen, director of Cornell’s Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center. “These people don’t hesitate to speak their minds. It’s a true indicator of Betsy’s success when the leaders of New York’s ornamental plant industry go out of their way to let it be known that they’re impressed.”
Read the whole article.
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Donald Horowitz, Wittendale’s Florist and Greenhouse, East Hampton, N.Y., won the ‘unlimited’ division in the Kathy Pufahl Container Design Contest.
About 100 greenhouse growers and retailers, florists, educators and others attended the annual Cornell Floriculture Field Day August 13.
The day started on campus with presentations on the latest showstopping flower and foliage annuals and summer bulbs, invasive species, biological pest control, and alternatives to impatiens, a popular shade-loving annual that has been plagued in recent years by a new disease, impatiens downy mildew.
In the afternoon, the action shifted to the Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Center adjacent to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course northeast of the Cornell University Campus. There, participants toured annual flower and foliage plant trials and had hands-on sessions to learn more about pests and diseases that attack landscape plants.
One of the highlights of the afternoon was the annual Kathy Pufahl Memorial Container Design Competition, which through entry fees has raised more than $10,000 for IBD research at Mt. Sinai Hospital over the last 10 years.
View container contest winners and entries.
Bill Miller (right) talks about uses of summer bulbs — such as dahlias and cannas.
Brian Eshenaur, Ornamentals IPM Extension Area Educator with the NYSIPM Program, makes a point about insect and disease problems in the landscape.
Nora Catlin, floriculture specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, tells participants about her experiences with varieties in the annual flower trials at Bluegrass Lane.
Neil Mattson announces winners of the container contest.
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From Erica Frenay, Beginning Farmer Project, Cornell Small Farm Program (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Whether you are a seasoned, new, or aspiring farmer, there’s something for you in the 2013-2014 line-up of online courses presented by the Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
There are courses covering commercial production topics like raising veggies, berries, and poultry, and many more covering management of a successful farm, including business planning, holistic financial planning, marketing, and getting started in farming. (View all 12 courses at http://nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses.) They are taught by experienced Cooperative Extension educators, farmers, and other specialists.
Courses are 6 weeks long, cost $200, and include both real-time meetings (online webinars) and on-your-own time reading and activities. There’s no academic credit, but those who successfully complete a course receive a certificate and are also eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) borrower training credit, which can improve your eligibility to receive a low-interest FSA loan.
Courses often fill very quickly, so don’t miss your chance to sign up today!
Full course descriptions, instructor biographies, course logistics and more can be found at http://nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses. Questions? Contact: Erica Frenay at 607-255-9911 or email@example.com
For more small farm services, visit www.smallfarms.cornell.edu
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