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Seminar video: Vegetable Crop Conservation in the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar Vegetable Crop Conservation in the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System with Joanne Labate, USDA-ARS Plant Genetic Resources Unit, it is available online.

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Seminar video: Climate, Culture and Cuisine: Thomas Jefferson’s Experimental Garden

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar Climate, Culture and Cuisine: Thomas Jefferson’s Experimental Garden with Patricia Brodowski, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, it is available online.

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Seminar video: Student Trips to South Asia

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar Student Trips to South Asia: A Lab for Studying Agriculture Development with Terry Tucker, Marvin Pritts, and Marcus Ruberg ’18, it is available online.

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Seminar video: David, Goliath & Organic Seed Production in the Northeast

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar David, Goliath & Organic Seed Production in the Northeast, with Petra Page-Mann, Co-owner, Fruition Seeds, Naples, N.Y., it is available online.

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Art of Horticulture students create sod sofa

sod sofa

Taking advantage of the great weather this afternoon, students in the Art of Horticulture (HORT 2010) installed a crescent-shaped sod sofa in front of Fernow Hall on Tower Road. 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 School of Integrative Plant Science, who teaches the course.

“It’s got a great view of the sculpture in front of Fernow, alumni field and the hills beyond campus,” she says.

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.

View pictures and video of previous sod sofa installations.

Shaping the compost and topsoil that make up the base of the sofa.

Shaping the compost and topsoil that make up the base of the sofa.

Frank Rossi, associate professor and turf specialist in the Horticulture Section

Frank Rossi, associate professor and turf specialist in the Horticulture Section coaches students in shaping the base.

Art of Horticulture students install sod over the base.

Art of Horticulture students install sod over the base.

Testing comfort after sod installation.

Testing comfort after sod installation.

Time lapse of the installation:

Seminar video: Plant Exploration in a Changing World

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar Plant Exploration in a Changing World – Collecting in the 21st Century with Anthony Aiello, Director of Horticulture and Curator, Morris Arboretum, it is available online.

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Online courses for new and experienced farmers

The Cornell Small Farms Program announces open registration for its 2017-2018 season of Small Farm Online Courses building the technical and business skills of farmers. Expert farmers and extension educators guide students through the latest research-based information to help improve efficiency and increase profit on small farms.

Students connect with other farmers, work on farm plans, and gain practical tips without leaving their home. Course content can be accessed anywhere with a high-speed internet connection.

Most courses are six weeks long. Each week features an evening webinar and follow-up readings, videos, and activities. Students and their instructors connect through online forums and live chat. If you aren’t able to attend the webinars in real-time, they are always recorded for later viewing.

From aspiring to experienced farmers, there is a course for nearly everyone. There’s a handy chart on our course homepage to direct you to the right courses for your experience level.

Course costs range from $150 – $250, which entitles two people from a farm to attend. Discounts for early sign up and multiple course sign ups are available, as well as a special discount for veterans.

Qualify for a 0% interest loan! Participants who complete all requirements of one or more online courses are eligible to be endorsed for a 0% interest loan of up to $10,000 through Kiva Zip

Check out the course listings for more information on a particular course and the instructors. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about registration, payment, and computer requirements.

Video: 2017 Liberty Hyde Bailey Lecture

If you missed last Friday’s Liberty Hyde Bailey Lecture, From Farm to Fork: How CALS Is Leading the Food Revolution, it’s available online.

This year’s line-up included:

  • Kathryn J. Boor, Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
  • Christine Smart, Professor, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology and Interim Director, School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Michael Mazourek, Assistant Professor, Plant Breeding and Genetics and Horticulture Sections, School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Thomas Björkman, Associate Professor, Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Courtney Weber, Associate Professor, Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Carmen Moraru, Associate Professor, Food Science

Plant Phenotyping Technologies mini-symposium videos

If you missed the May 16 mini-symposium Next Generation Plant Phenotyping Technologies, the talks are available online.

Speakers included:

  • Todd M. DeZwaan (LemnaTec Corporation): Phenotyping solutions for basic and applied research in plant biology and agriculture
  • Argelia Lorence (Department of Chemistry and Physics, Arkansas State University): Novel phenomic approaches for model and crop plants
  • Michael Gore (Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, SIPS, Cornell University): The great outdoors: the application of field-based phenotyping to improve crop resiliency
  • Chris Topp (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center): What’s going on in there: imaging technologies to understand the hidden parts of plants
  • Olena Vatamaniuk (Soil and Crop Sciences and Plant Biology Sections, SIPS, Cornell University): X-ray fluorescent microscopy imaging for studies of mineral nutrient homeostasis

Seminar video: Light Matters – Sensing and Signaling in Plants

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar Light Matters – Sensing and Signaling in Plants   with Tessa Pocock, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, it is available online.

 

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