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Award winners Olberg, Pritts and Hanna Rosner-Kats.

Award winners Olberg, Pritts and Rosner-Kats.

Horticulture chair Marvin Pritts and two Plant Sciences majors — Maddy Olberg and Hanna Rosner-Kats  – will be recognized for their accomplishments at the Dean’s Awards Reception Monday, April 21, 2014, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Carrier Ballroom, Statler Hotel.

Pritts will receive the Faculty Service award. Olberg and Rosner-Kats will be recognized for Academic Excellence in the Plant Sciences. Rosner-Kats has also been selected as one of three Class of 2014 Banner Bearers.

A pasta dinner buffet will be open at the reception from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (The program begins at 5:45 p.m.) RSVP is required for attendance. (RSVP here by Friday, April 11.)

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HoFo Nicaragua posterMembers of Hortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club, traveled to Nicaragua in January.

Come see their pictures and hear their stories during an informal lunch-time travelogue:

  • Thursday April 10
  • 12 noon to 1 p.m.
  • 22 Plant Science

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Student artist Justin Kondrat and faculty advisor Marcia Eames-Sheavly.

Student artist Justin Kondrat and faculty advisor Marcia Eames-Sheavly.

ROOTED is a living community art installation coming mid-April 2014. (The installation is tentatively scheduled for April 14 with ribbon-cutting on April 16.)

Preparations began in December when volunteers planted 13,000 flower bulbs in 350 pots and moved them into a cooler to simulate winter chilling.

On March 25, student artist Justin Kondrat and faculty advisor Marcia Eames-Sheavly moved the pots to the greenhouse to speed up growth.

When the bulbs are in full bloom in mid-April, volunteers will move the pots to Libe Slope below McGraw clock tower and spell out ROOTED in 10-foot-tall letters.

ROOTED celebrates the diversity of ways people on campus stay rooted in their lives and in our community.

Get involved. Find more info at

View the ROOTED preview video.

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Matthew BondPlants are Matthew Bond’s passion. And at Cornell, this senior and Plant Science major has found plenty of opportunities to pursue his passion.

“I’ve always known since middle school and even younger that I wanted to work with plants,” said Matthew. “I think some of it came from my grandmother, who loved plants, and from my father, too, who didn’t have the chance to explore that part of himself when he was younger. He liked to take me to gardens when I was growing up and was eager to encourage me when he saw that we shared an interest in plants.”

Although he was accepted to Cornell as a freshman, Matthew decided to spend his first two years as an undergraduate at SUNY Potsdam, closer to his home in Ogdensburg, NY. As a Biology major there, he had the opportunity to pursue independent research related to plants and plant chemistry, which deepened his interest in the work and solidified his conviction that Cornell was where he belonged.

“Academically, I feel much more at home here. Cornell is what I’d always hoped it would be – a place filled with others who share my focus on plants and plant research.”

Read the whole feature at CALS Notes.

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dilmun hill crewReposted from CALS Notes:

Ever wonder what it takes to manage operations at an organic and sustainable student-run farm? It’s not all fun and games (though there’s a bit of that, too). For the curious, check out the recently published Market Garden Report from Cornell’s own student-run organic farm at Dilmun Hill. The report highlights Dilmun’s 2013 farming and marketing operations in detail. Find out what produce was grown, where it was sold, eaten and by whom. Learn about the kinds of infrastructure improvements that were made, the farm’s bed design and crop rotation plan, its irrigation and nutrient management practices, and its marketing and outreach activities. The report provides a fascinating primer into what it takes to manage a vibrant and successful organic farming enterprise!

But growing and selling produce as part of the Market Garden project is only one among many important research and learning experiences taking place at Dilmun Hill. Learn more about the soil management, permaculture, landscaping and other projects currently underway.

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In a Hands-on Horticulture class taught by Professor Marvin Pritts and helped by guest lecturer Professor Nina Bassuk, students learned how to prune ornamental trees and shrubs near Mallott Hall.

hand-on hort class pruning

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wines-and-vinesLife on the Hill blogger and AEM major David Schatz ’14 answers that question by profiling Introduction to Wines and Vines (FDSC/HORT/VIEN 1104) taught by Justine Vanden Heuvel and Kathy Arnink.

One of the benefits of being a CALS and AEM student is the flexibility that the requirements provide–and that’s not something I’ve taken for granted at allCase in point: As a second semester senior that was interested in experimenting with a new academic field, and knew very little about wine, I recently signed up for VIEN 1104: Introduction to Wines and Vines. (There is a Hotel wine class as well, which is generally larger.) Let me tell you about my experiences in the course, as it’s definitely been a unique experience!

I’ll start off by saying that if you think this is a course that students take simply to get drunk in class, you’d be sorely mistaken. If anything, students like that would be weeded out pretty quickly–as we’re only a few weeks in, and it’s been a pretty comprehensive introduction to wine principles and grapegrowing. In fact, many of the students in the class have experience in vineyard management! Topics covered so far have included the history of wine production, fermentation, and sensory evaluation. (Who knew there were so many ways that grapes could grow?)

And yes, there are regular wine tastings in class!

Read the whole post.

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East Conservatory at Longwood Gardens in spring. (Longwood Gardens photo.)

East Conservatory at Longwood Gardens in spring. (Longwood Gardens photo.)

From Mark Bridgen, Pi Alpha Xi faculty advisor:

Pi Alpha Xi, the national Honor Society for Horticulture at Cornell University, is organizing a weekend trip to Longwood Gardens, Winterthur Garden Museum, and Chanticleer Gardens in southeast Pennsylvania for the weekend of March 21-23.

This guided excursion is an educational and entertaining way to visit these premier gardens with others who enjoy horticulture. This very affordable package trip includes hotel accommodations for two nights, bus transportation to/from Ithaca, breakfasts, guided tours, and admission to the gardens.

The trip will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the production greenhouses and facilities at Longwood, the famous ‘March Bank’ at Winterhur, and a pre-season peek of Chanticleer led by Erin McKeon, who graduated from Cornell’s Public Garden Leadership program last year.

Space is limited, and you need to register by March 6 to reserve a seat on this trip.

More information and registration directions.

Questions? Contact Mark Bridgen: or at 631-727-3595

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Dilmun harvestFor Cornell undergrads looking to spend their summer immersed in sustainable agriculture on campus, the Dilmun Hill student-run organic farm has a few opportunities to choose from. For those interested in summer employment with a leadership component, Dilmun Hill is now accepting applications for the market garden manager position for the 2014 season. The market garden manager is part of the team that will run the farm from spring to fall. Also sought are undergraduate researchers with interesting and original ideas for agricultural research projects to be conducted at Dilmun Hill.

Applications for both these opportunities are being accepted now through February 19.

Additionally, if you are a Cornell student looking for applied research experience in agriculture, passionate about small farms and interested in strategies to improve soil quality and reduce on-farm energy use, consider applying for a summer student research position.  Gain hands-on production and research experience. Help manage vegetable crops from planting to harvest. Learn plant and soil sampling methods and how to organize data and summarize results. Position is based at Cornell University, Ithaca campus and the HCT Vegetable Research Farm, Freeville. Daily transportation to the research farm will be provided. Application deadline is February 28.  More information.

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Dreer award posterFrom Nina Bassuk, Chair, Dreer Award Committee:

Ashley Marchesi, Dreer award winner for 2012, will be returning to campus on Wednesday, February 19th to present her Dreer award experiences investigating urban agriculture in Argentina and Cuba. Her seminar will be held in Room 22 Plant Science at 12:20 PM.

All are welcome.

The Frederick Dreer Award allows one or more students to spend four months to up to a year abroad pursuing his or her interests related to horticulture. Deadline for 2014 award is March 3.

More Dreer Award information, application.

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