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From Thomas Björkman:

Hundreds of Cornell alumni gathered at the Astor Center in Greenwich Village for Furrows to Boroughs: A Taste of New York State in New York City, a regional sesquicentennial celebration October 22 hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  The event highlighted the link between tri-state agriculture and Cornell. The culinary work and products of local farmers, agricultural businesses and chefs were on display and available to taste.

Horticultural products featured prominently. Many wines of course, a tremendous pastry designed around Susan Brown’s new SnapDragon apple, and fall berries and vegetables raised with techniques and varieties developed at Cornell. The alumni were not only excited by the great food, but also proud to be part of the institution that helps make it all possible.

I collaborated with chef and native Ithacan Tyler Kord, who has been making a big splash in the New York City restaurant scene by highlighting broccoli in new contexts. He operates the No. 7 restaurant in Fort Greene Brooklyn and has two high-profile sub shops at the Plaza Hotel by Central Park and the Ace Hotel in the financial district where he has popularized both the broccoli sub sandwich and the broccoli taco. This year Short Stack published his cookbook  Broccoli.

At Furrows to Boroughs, Tyler served tacos using broccoli provided by Windflower Farm, operated by former Cornell Cooperative Extension educator Ted Blomgren, who continues to be an avid cooperator on Cornell Horticulture research and extension projects as well as a pioneer for providing fresh produce to the food deserts in the outer boroughs through an active CSA.

As part of the Eastern Broccoli Project, I’m leading a team to develop varieties as well as the production and marketing infrastructure to supply New York City with Northeast broccoli for three months of the year, and have other Eastern regions supply the same buyers for the balance of the year.

Our goal is not to supply all of the Big Apple’s broccoli, but enough to provide regional growers with a profitable alternative enterprise and consumers with a fresher, more flavorful and nutritious product.

The project is funded by the USDA’s  Specialty Crop Research Initiative, and is a collaboration with six other universities, the Agricultural Research Service, seed companies,  distributors and growers.

Tyler Kord prepares broccoli tacos at Furrows to Boroughs.

Tyler Kord prepares broccoli tacos at Furrows to Boroughs.

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Susan Brown

Susan Brown

From Dean Kathryn Boor:

As many of you already know, Susan Brown, currently Associate Director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva and Herman M. Cohn Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will become an associate dean in CALS and the Goichman Family Director of NYSAES on January 2, 2015.

Dr. Brown has served as associate director of NYAES since July 1, 2013. Among her responsibilities in that role has been stewarding the NYSAES strategic planning process, in concert with a faculty committee and community input. As a faculty member in the section of Horticulture in the School of Integrative Plant Science, she runs one of the largest tree fruit breeding programs in the world. She has released four apple varieties—Fortune, Autumncrisp, SnapDragon™, and RubyFrost™—and is the co-inventor of ten sweet cherries and one tart cherry. Her research combines breeding and genetics to improve apple quality, disease resistance, nutritional qualities and tree architecture.

Her professional achievements have been recognized with a 2013 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, a 2012 CALS Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award, and her selection for the 2013 Leading Cornell program. She was named a Woman of Distinction by the New York State Senate in 2014.

Susan received a B.S. from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis. She joined the Cornell faculty in 1985.

Boor also announced two other transitions: On July 1, 2015, Beth Ahner will become a Senior Associate Dean in CALS, and on September 1, 2015, Jan Nyrop will become Director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station.

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Processor and seed company representatives sample frozen peas at NYSAES ‘cuttng’.

Processor and seed company representatives sample frozen peas at NYSAES ‘cuttng’.

More than 40 people attended the annual fall processing vegetable ‘cutting’ November 6 to sample and compare canned and frozen peas, sweet corn, and snap beans trialed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, N.Y.

“It was the best turnout we’ve ever had,” says Jim Ballerstein, the research support specialist who manages the processing vegetable trials.

Attendees included representatives from processing and seed companies, including the top three vegetable seed companies in the world, adds Ballerstein.

The cutting included samples of 50 pea cultivars, 55 snap beans (canned and frozen), and 63 sweet corns (frozen kernel and whole ear).

Learn more about processing vegetable trials at NYSAES.

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Barton Laboratory Greenhouse

Following a multimillion-dollar makeover, the Barton Laboratory Greenhouse was dedicated Oct. 30 at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York. (Photo: Rob Way, CALS Communications)

Cornell Chronicle [2014-11-05]:

Researchers at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva, New York, have a fully modernized network of greenhouses now that Barton Laboratory Greenhouse’s multimillion-dollar makeover is complete.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 30, NYSAES welcomed New York state Sen. Michael Nozzolio ’73, M.S. ’77, who helped secure a $4.7 million grant for the reconstruction project in April 2013.

Nozzolio (R-54th Dist.) credited the agricultural research conducted at NYSAES with being an economic driver for the region as well as the entire state.

“The research that makes agriculture the number one industry in this state is done here,” Nozzolio said. “The reason why we have over 250 wineries in this state, and well over 110 right in the Finger Lakes region, is because of the research done here. Whether it’s Dr. Susan Brown making new varietals of apples, whether it’s the grape industry, those jobs in the orchards and the vineyards are in large part thanks to the research done here.”

Read the whole article.

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Dilmun Hill, Cornell’s Student-run Organic Farm, will be celebrating Food Day on Thursday, October 23rd with a Harvest Party! Join us in harvesting the final fall crops and putting the beds to sleep for the winter at the end-of-the-season work party starting at 3pm and continue the celebration and enjoy the fruits of your labor at the Harvest Dinner with documentary screening at 5pm (potluck if you can!). Drop by any time to join us in celebrating a successful season!

What? Harvest Party! Farming, food, music, and friends.
Where? Dilmun Hill Student Organic Farm, 705 Dryden road (7 minute walk from campus)
When? Thursday October 23rd; 3pm for work party, 5pm for food!|
Who? Everybody! Come if you’ve visited a million times or if you’ve never been to the farm before!
See you at the farm!

Dilmun Hill Steering Committee

dilmun hill harvest party flyer

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From the Dilmun Hill student organic farm near campus, Peter DelNero will pick a pentad of prime, plump pumpkins for the upcoming Big Red Pumpkin Regatta at Beebe Lake on Oct. 4. (Photo: Jason Koski/University Photography)

From the Dilmun Hill student organic farm near campus, Peter DelNero will pick a pentad of prime, plump pumpkins for the upcoming Big Red Pumpkin Regatta at Beebe Lake on Oct. 4. (Photo: Jason Koski/University Photography)

Via the Cornell Chronicle [2014-09-24]:

Relay teams hope to squash their competition at the first Big Red Pumpkin Regatta on Beebe Lake Saturday, Oct. 4. Hosted by Cornell Flotilla, a graduate student club, racers will decorate their giant pumpkins at noon, while the paddling starts at 2 p.m.

The racers must be out of their gourd – or, actually, the racers must stay in them. Five teams each with four people will have enough room in a 300-pound pumpkin to fit a single paddler. In a relay, the paddlers will race 100 meters four times around Beebe Lake. The grand prize: bragging rights.

Since the spring, Peter DelNero, a graduate student in the field of biomedical engineering, and his club colleagues, have been lovingly cultivating giant pumpkins (Cucurbita maxima) on several acres of the Dilmun Hill student organic farm. “I can’t wait to get out into the pumpkin boats. It’s going to be a riot,” says DelNero.

Read the whole article.

Cornell Flotilla on Facebook.

How’d it work out? See A tradition is born: the Big Red Pumpkin Regatta [Cornell Chronicle 2014-10-07].

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'Aromella' grapes

‘Aromella’ grapes

From Bruce Reisch:

The world’s first wine from our 2013 release, ‘Aromella’, is now available from Goose Watch Winery on Cayuga Lake.

‘Aromella’ is an aromatic, muscat white wine grape that ranks high for winter hardiness and productivity.

Read more about the 2013 naming and release of ‘Aromella’ and ‘Arandell ‘ –  the first grape released from the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station’s “no-spray” vineyard – in the Cornell Chronicle.

Goose watch describes its Aromella wine as “an aromatic semi-dry white wine with distinctive characteristics unlike any other varietal in the Finger Lakes. It boasts some of the favored flavors from the Muscat grape used in the trending Moscato’s such as peaches and tropical fruits, but with less sweetness which is not typical for these flavors.”

Read Goose Watch’s press release.

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Group shot at August 2014 Horticulture Graduate Field Review

Faculty, graduate students and others in the Graduate Field of Horticulture gathered August 22 in Jordan Hall at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station for the biannual Graduate Field Review.

In the morning, new graduate students introduced themselves, and a dozen continuing graduate students gave presentations and answered question on their research progress.

During the afternoon faculty meeting, graduate students toured research plots at the Experiment Station:

Horticulture graduate students learn about high tunnel cherry research.

Horticulture graduate students learn about high tunnel cherry research.

Eric Fabio, PhD candidate in Larry Smart's lab, explains his willow biofuel research.

Eric Fabio, PhD candidate in Larry Smart’s lab, explains his willow biofuel research.

Ali Bennett, MS candidate in Phillip Griffiths' lab, braves the rain to explain her work on breeding cabbage and other crops for anthocyanins for natural food pigments.

Ali Bennett, MS candidate in Phillip Griffiths’ lab, braves the rain to explain her work on using anthocyanins from cabbage and other crops for natural food pigments.


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Via CALS Facebook:

When did it turn to winter??? A few shots of the scene outside the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station this morning after a large hail storm blew through Geneva, NY. There have been reports on Finger Lakes Weather of up to 4″ of hail in some locations!

More images.

Hail in Geneva.

Photos: Rob Way

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Tree of 40 Fruit
Art meets horticulture in this artist’s grafted stone fruit trees, using varieties gleaned from orchard at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.

The Tree of 40 Fruit Is Exactly as Awesome as It Sounds [ interview]

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