You can also see previous class’s work (as well as other class projects and videos) by visiting the Art of Horticulture’s gallery page.
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Nov 26 2013
Registration is now open for the online course Permaculture Design: Fundamentals of Ecological Design, offered Jan. 6 to Feb. 20, 2014 through the Department of Horticulture’s distance learning program.
The study of permaculture helps gardeners, landowners, and farmers combine a knowledge of ecology combined with its application to supporting healthy soil, water conservation, and biodiversity.
Permaculture systems meet humans needs while restoring ecosystem health. Common practices include no-till gardening, rainwater catchment, forest gardening, and agroforestry.
The course 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 website.
The instructor, Steve Gabriel, is an ecologist, extension educator, and forest farmer living and working in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York. He currently spends his time working for the Department of Horticulture’s Garden-Based Learning program and coordinating the Northeast Mushroom Growers Network. He also teaches for the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and serves on the Board of Directors for the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast. He is currently co-authoring a book on forest farming with Cornell professor Ken Mudge, which is expected to be published in 2014.
Department of 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 Department of Horticulture and continuing education credits. 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. The fee for each class is $600, and registration opens about six weeks before courses begin.
Nov 22 2013
Cornell Media Relations press release:
ITHACA, N.Y. – Farmers, gardeners and students have a new place to learn about climate change and how to be part of the solution.
The website, climatechange.cornell.edu, is a one-stop shop for everything climate change says David Wolfe, faculty fellow at Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and chair of the center’s Climate Change Task Force.
“The Northeast is already feeling the effects of climate change,” notes Wolfe. “There are so many people at Cornell working on practical solutions to these challenges – from research in agriculture to economics, engineering to social sciences, and Cooperative Extension’s work with farmers and communities. Our website will help the public engage with the expertise at Cornell to put these solutions into practice.”
At the core of the site is a searchable directory of climate change research and outreach programs at Cornell with summaries, contact information, and links to more information. In addition, issue-specific pages to help farmers, local government officials, youth educators, and others connect with Cornell’s research-based resources and tools for reliable information.
“Our ultimate goal is to explain the science of climate change so that everyone can understand how it affects their lives, and can start to make changes,” commented Allison Chatrchyan, director of Cornell’s new Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture.
One of Chatrchyan’s favorite features of the site is the frequently updated “What’s with the Weather?”
“We relay information from the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell that helps explain recent weather events within the context of climate change,” she says. “It’s the kind of timely research-based information that you can share around the water cooler when the conversation inevitably turns to weird weather.”
Additional features include:
See also: New website is ‘one-stop shop’ for climate change info [Cornell Chronicle 2013-11-26]
Nov 22 2013
Via Tom Whitlow:
Every fall, students in Restoration Ecology (HORT 4400) take on a pro bono consulting project for a local non-profit agency, working together to gather data, analyze the issues and report their findings.
This year, the class has been studying a salt spring near Montezuma, N.Y., with the intent of developing strategies for using the saline water to create an inland salt marsh.
This is a rare vegetation type in the Northeast, so it is interesting in its own right as well as posing challenges for restoration because there is virtually no precedent for this type of project.
The students will report their findings on Tuesday, December 3, 7 to 9 p.m. in 37 Plant Science.
The event is free and open to the public.
Questions? Contact Tom Whitlow: email@example.com
Poinsettias are sold out.
Thanks for your support!
Hortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club, is now taking pre-orders online for poinsettias for pick-up at Ken Post Greenhouses December 9 or 13, or on-campus delivery.
Four different varieties are available (see image below) in 6- or 8-inch pots or mixed basket arrangements.
Supplies are limited, so order early.