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From Justine Vandenheuvel, associate professor, Horticulture Section:

The HORT 2205 (Grapes to Wines lab class) went to Long Island the weekend of October 4-5 to learn about the growing grape and wine industry there. We visited with Alice Wise, viticulturist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County at the Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center, Riverhead, N.Y., to learn about her research and extension program. We also had stops at the Shinn Estate Vineyards, and Channing Daughters Winery (co-owned and managed by Cornell alum Larry Perrine).

Larry Perrine guides student Anne Repka in the art and science of a "punch-down" on Lemberger.

Larry Perrine guides student Anne Repka in the art and science of a “punch-down” on Lemberger.

 

Barbara Shinn and David Paige (right) talk with students at a Shinn Estate Vineyards.

Barbara Shinn and David Paige (right) talk with students at Shinn Estate Vineyards.

 

Alice Wise (second from left) takes the class on a tour of her viticulture research at the Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center. (Camila Tahim photo.)

Alice Wise (second from left) takes the class on a tour of her viticulture research at the Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center. (Camila Tahim photo.)

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Each fall, associate professor Frank Rossi introduces students to plants grown for food, beverages, fiber, aesthetics and recreation in HORT 1101 (Horticultural Science and Systems). With the help of associate professor and viticulture specialist Justine Vanden Heuvel, those students got hands-on experience harvesting Concord grapes, measuring their sugar levels and turning them into grape juice on a sunny afternoon last Friday at Cornell Orchards.

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HORT 1101 students with grape harvest

HORT 1101 students with grape harvest


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dilmun hill steering committee flyer

From Katharine Constas, Dilmun Hill steering committee member kmc379@cornell.edu:

Dilmun Hill is Cornell’s student-run farm that has been practicing sustainable agriculture on Cornell University’s campus for more than a decade. The farm is both a site for vegetable production and a center for learning and field research, providing students, faculty, staff and community with opportunities for experiential learning, group collaboration and research.

The Steering Committee maintains the farm during the academic year, ensures continuity between years, and coordinates outreach events and funding. There is room for creativity in the members’ roles on the committee, so please apply if you are interested in any of the following and more!

Please contact me if you have any questions: kmc379@cornell.edu

 

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With 4 days left, Cornell Plantations Internship Program is $2,500 shy of its $10,000 goal. Help push them over the top.

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dilmun logoFrom Alena Hutchinson ’16, Dilmun Hill Market Garden Manager:

Would you like to get more involved with Cornell’s student-run farm? Consider joining the Dilmun Hill Steering Committee.

Application deadline is October 3.

The Steering Committee, a small working group of dedicated Dilmun Hill undergrads and Organic Farm Coordinator Betsy Leonard, facilitates governance. This committee formed in Spring 2008 due to expressed need for greater transparency and coordination of the site. The work of the committee enhances the work of the Student Club at Dilmun, and also manages logistical and administrative needs implicit in running a farm, coordinating a variety of volunteers and collaborating with Cornell administration and departments. Membership on the committee is open every semester to undergrads, and one graduate or a non-student/community member position since they also comprise an active element at Dilmun. The Student/Faculty/Staff Advisory Board, comprised of four faculty/staff members and four Steering Committee alumni, facilitates policy making for Dilmun Hill.

Submit your written application by October 3rd to Betsy Leonard, bai1@cornell.edu.

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Tower Rd bioswale planting

Tower Road bioswale planting

Thursday, students in Creating the Urban Eden: Woody Plant Selection, Design, and Landscape Establishment (HORT/LA 4910/4920) planted more than 1,000 feet of beds along Tower Road from Plant Science Building to Stocking Hall with nearly 1,000 woody shrubs.

The bioswale is designed to channel water runoff from Tower Road into the beds so that the water can infiltrate and recharge groundwater instead of going directly into storm drains and discharged ultimately into Cayuga Lake.

The shrubs were selected based on their ability to tolerate both saturated soil and intermittent dry conditions, as well as tolerance to road salt. That selection was guided by research conducted by former Graduate Field of Horticulture student Ethan Dropkin (MPS ’14).

“These are tough plants that can tolerate challenging conditions,” says Nina Bassuk, director of the Urban Horticulture Institute in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. “A lot of snow will pile up on them over the winter, and may damage some of them. But they are the kind of shrubs that you can cut back in spring and they’ll bounce right back.”

Dropkin’s publication, Woody Shrubs for Stormwater Retention Practices (Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions) is available online at the Urban Horticulture Institute website.

Bassuk instructs students before planting.

Bassuk instructs students before planting.

Curb cuts channel runoff into into bioswale.

Curb cuts channel runoff into into bioswale.

The shrubs used are tolerant to road salt and intermittent flooding and dry soil conditions.

The shrubs used are tolerant to road salt and intermittent flooding and dry soil conditions.

 

Urban Eden class.

Urban Eden class.

 

 

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hofo-plant-saleHortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club, will hold it’s first plant sale of the semester this Friday, September 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of Mann Library.

The club grows a wide variety of houseplants on campus in the Kenneth Post Lab greenhouses. Members hold weekly plant sales to cover greenhouse costs and fund educational horticulture trips, service projects, and community social events.

Past trips have been to Costa Rica, Longwood Garden, Holland, and Florida. They also hold a variety of social events during the year with other interests groups.

Find out more about Hortus Forum on Facebook.

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Lindsay Jordan

2013 Dreer Award Winner Lindsay Jordan explored cool-season viticulture in New Zealand

From Nina Bassuk:

The Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science offers a wonderful opportunity once a year, the Frederick Dreer Award, that allows one or more students to spend 4 months to up to a year abroad pursuing his or her interests related to horticulture.

See the application and instructions that spells out the procedure for applying. Basically it is quite simple. Submit a written proposal to the Dreer Committee by the deadline (March 2, 2015 in this cycle), which is followed by an informal interview, generally in a week or two. The faculty receives the recommendation of the Dreer Committee and votes on the nominee.

The only obligation of the Dreer award winner is to write to the Dreer Committee monthly while overseas, and upon return to the United States, give a presentation about their time abroad to students and faculty.

Please look into this opportunity seriously. It can be taken as a summer and a semester’s leave or a year’s leave of absence during school or upon graduation. If you would like to talk over a potential idea for the Dreer with a member of the Committee (and we encourage you to do so), please contact Nina Bassuk (Horticulture) Josh Cerra (Landscape Architecture) or Marvin Pritts. (Horticulture).

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students on finished sofa

In what has become an annual tradition, a dozen students in the Art of Horticulture (HORT 2010) installed a sod sofa — this year on the south side of Corson-Mudd Hall. The experience is as much about building teamwork among the students as it is creating a living work of botanical art says  Marcia Eames-Sheavly, Senior Extension Associate and Senior Lecturer in the Horticulture Section of the new School of Integrative Plant Science, who teaches the course

Frank Rossi, associate professor and turf specialist in the Horticulture Section, provided additional coaching, and shared lively guidance that ranged from the science of working with turf, to how to lay sod. Cornell Grounds Department collaborated to have the materials on site, and supported the work in numerous ways.

The sofa needs a few days to firm up and dry out. So best to test feel the sod with your hand before testing it out.

Turf specialist Frank Rossi explains the science of growing and installing sod.

Turf specialist Frank Rossi explains the science of growing and installing sod.

Students begin shaping the soil and compost.

Students begin shaping the soil and compost.

Checking out the work in progress.

Checking out the work in progress.

Testing the shape.

Testing the shape.

Muddy gloves.

Muddy gloves.

Rossi demonstrates how to install sod.

Rossi demonstrates how to install sod.

Installing sod.

Installing sod.

 

It's all about the teamwork!

It’s all about the teamwork!

 

 

 

 

 

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dilmun_hill_open_houseFriday, September 5, 3 – 6 p.m.

Tour Dilmun Hill (Cornell’s student-run farm) and MacDaniels Nut Grove (forest farming research and education center), and have some fun while learning about sustainable vegetable production and agroforestry.

Tours of the Grove, will depart from Dilmun at 3:30 and at 4:30 and will include mushrooms taste testing.

Other scheduled activities include:

  • Pumpkin painting
  • T-shirt decorating (bring your own shirt)
  • Lacto-fermented pickling workshop
  • Tomato taste tests
  • And more

Finger foods provided. Bring a dish to pass if inspired.

Contact: Alena Hutchinson amh345@cornell.edu.

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open house poster

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