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Students in HORT 1101 (Horticultural Science and Systems) give Minns Garden a fall cleanup.

Minns Garden cleanup

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Via Cornell University on Tumblr:

Frances Zhu ’15 and Hunter Adams ’15 enjoy a beautiful day on campus sitting on the sod sofa  on the south side of Corson-Mudd Hall. The sofa was created by Art of Horticulture students in September.


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plant science signU.S. News and World Report released its rankings of the best university programs on the planet, ranking Cornell #1 in Plant and Animal Science and #3 in Agricultural Sciences.

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berry class viewing blueberries

From Erica Anderson, MPS candidate, Graduate Field of Horticulture:

Last week, students in the course, ”Berry Crops: Culture and Management” (HORT 4420), taught by Marvin Pritts, visited Grisamore Farms in Locke, N.Y. — one of many field trips they’ve taken this semester. Above, they view a field of blueberry bushes turning brilliant red.

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botanical fashion showOn Monday, six students in the Art of Horticulture (HORT 2010) modeled outfits they fashioned from various plant materials for other students in the course, and answered their classmates’ questions about their materials and process.

Creations ranged from a lion’s mane headdress to an ensemble portraying the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone.

While the abundant fall foliage was a popular foundation material, other plant materials used by the students included grass seedheads, willow branches, hot peppers, pine needles, mosses, birch bark, citrus skins, acorn caps, various flowers and leaves and more.

View more images in the gallery pages at the Art of Horticulture website. 


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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

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:


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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,

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