Kenneth Post Laboratory Greenhouses, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (View map.)

32 varieties. 2 pot sizes. There are still plenty of poinsettias to choose from, though some varieties and pot sizes are already sold out.

Visit the club’s online ordering page to view this year’s options.

Questions? Contact club president David Harris:


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If you’d like to catch a glimpse of students’ final projects in Marcia Eames-Sheavly’s Art of Horticulture class, you can sneak a peek online.

You can also see previous classes’ work (as well as other class projects and videos) by visiting the Art of Horticulture’s gallery page.

Art of Hort project

Open Your Eyes. Click image for larger view.

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Graduate students Silene DeCiucies and Rachel Hestrin and Soil Health Lab Coordinator Bob Schindelbeck will help you celebrate World Soil Day in the Mann Library lobby.

Graduate students Silene DeCiucies and Rachel Hestrin and Soil Health Lab Coordinator Bob Schindelbeck will help you celebrate World Soil Day in the Mann Library lobby.

Today is  World Soil Day, so desginated by the International Union of Soil Sciences, the FAO, and the UN General Assembly.

Come to the Mann Library lobby to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being.

The Crop and Soil Sciences Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science invites faculty, staff and students to drop by from 9 a.m. to – 5 p.m. to view posters, hands-on displays and video clips.

And don’t miss Soil Health Lab Coordinator Bob Schindelbeck’s gummy-worm brownies, while supplies last.

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Permaculture systems meet humans needs while restoring ecosystem health.

Permaculture systems meet humans needs while restoring ecosystem health.

From Lori Brewer:

Registration is now open for the online course Permaculture Design: Ecosystem Mimicry, offered Jan. 5 through Feb. 19., 2015 through the Horticulture section’s distance learning program. Space is limited to 25 participants. Registration closes when limit is reached. Registration fee is $600 and to be paid via credit card at registration. See registration link at course info website.

The study of permaculture helps gardeners, landowners, and farmers combine knowledge of ecology combined with its application to supporting healthy soil, water conservation, and biodiversity. Permaculture systems meet human needs while restoring ecosystem health. Common practices include no-till gardening, rainwater catchment, forest gardening, and agroforestry.

View the full syllabus for the course and find registration information at the course info website.

Horticulture’s distance learning program offers two other online permaculture design courses:

Completion of a single class gives students a certificate of completion from the Horticulture and continuing education units*. Completion of all three courses gives students the portfolio necessary to apply for an internationally recognized certification in Permaculture Design though the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute. Registration opens about six weeks before  courses begins.

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Dean Boor and Marvin PrittsReposted from CALS notes:

On Nov. 10, Dean Kathryn Boor, Cornell Cooperative Extension Director and Associate Dean Chris Watkins, and more than 100 guests celebrated the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s best and brightest at the 11th annual Research, Extension and Staff Awards.

Boor praised all the recipients, and thanked them for epitomizing Cornell’s land grant-mission of delivering knowledge with a public purpose.

Among those honored was Marvin Pritts for Outstanding Service to the CALS Community. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated sustained and exemplary leadership that advances the land grant mission and includes those who have demonstrated leadership in specific roles, such as department chairs or task force and program leaders.

Pritts, a professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science and chair of the Horticulture Section, is an accomplished scientist, dedicated teacher and talented mentor, all of which reinforce his value to the School and the University.

Being a department chair is one of the most difficult jobs at the university. A chair has a diverse constituency, whose concerns must be addressed, including faculty, staff, students, stakeholders and deans. Successful leadership of such a varied group depends heavily on getting department members engaged and willing to contribute time, energy, and ideas – yet the only tools available to spur engagement are the power of an idea and respect for the chair.

Boor noted that as a manager, Pritts welcomes multiple perspectives, but makes decisions confidently. He listens more than he speaks, and he works hard to give everyone a voice. He has successfully lead several mergers in Horticulture, including the recent joining of the Ithaca and Geneva units, as well as the combining of several departments into the School of Integrative Plant Sciences. He is also a generous and involved adviser, even going so far as to invite a group of students to his home for Thanksgiving dinner one year when he heard they would not be traveling to see their families for the holidays.

Beyond his work at Cornell, Pritts also is very active in the community outside the university. He has served on the board of directors of the Cayuga Nature Center for more than a decade and also takes groups of high school students to Guatemala every other summer to work at an orphanage.

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From Betsy Leonard, ‘81, Organic Farm Coordinator, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (CUAES):

The 2014 season was a great success Dilmun Hill, Cornell’s student-run farm! I hope you can come to join us in celebrating the end of the season, sharing updates on Dilmun Hill and learning about our plans for the future. Lunch foods provided!

What: Dilmun 2014 Season Wrap-Up
Where: 102 Mann Library
When: Dec. 6th 12:00pm-2:00pm.

There will presentations reviewing the happenings at the farm this past season. Topics will include:

  • New steering members
  • Vegetable production in review
  • Outreach events
  • New organizational structure
  • And much more.

There will also be a slide show and refreshments!

dilmun hill wrap up poster

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3-D food printer

3-D food printer

Cornell Food Systems Global Summit
Public-Private Partnerships to Enhance Food Systems
December 8, 2014
8:00 am – 7:00 pm

From printed phyllo pastries to petite peppers packing powerful nutritional punches, innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration will be key ingredients forming the future of food. Academic experts and industry insiders will gather at Cornell University on December 8 for a global summit to discuss new approaches to emerging food system challenges.

They will serve up fresh findings and engaging exchanges on a range of topics, from the business of food, to its nutrition, safety and consumption around the world. Also on the menu: hands-on technology demonstrations, resource exhibits, networking opportunities, and presentations from the next generation of food scientists and researchers.

Special emphasis will be placed on the power of integrative approaches and the role that public-private partnerships can play in driving innovation and shaping sustainable solutions. For more information and registration, visit the Cornell Food Systems Global Summit website.

Presenteres include SIPS faculty Susan Brown and Michael Mazourek.

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If you missed the flowering of Cornell’s Titan Arum, Wee Stinky, November 19-20, here’s a day and a half compressed into 30 seconds …

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Steve Reiners Associate Chair of the Horticulture Section -- and Professor starting the first of the year.

Steve Reiners Associate Chair of the Horticulture Section — and Professor starting the first of the year.

From Dean Kathryn Boor:

One of the truly great pleasures of this job is being able to recognize our faculty and staff who have achieved wonderful things. I’m writing today to congratulate you (Steve Reiners) on achieving the status of Professor. Well-earned. Congratulations! This promotion will be effective January 1, 2015.

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Spencer Lake from above.

Spencer Lake from above.

From Tom Whitlow:

You are cordially invited to attend my Restoration Ecology (HORT 4400) class presentation on Spencer Lake, soon to become Catatonk Creek again after more than 150 years of impoundment.

Restoring Spencer Lake to Catatonk Creek
A 158 Year Legacy

7:00 p.m. Thursday Dec. 4
Community Room, Ecology House
111 Country Club Rd., Ithaca, NY
(Behind African Studies on Triphammer Rd.)
Open to the campus and Ithaca community
For information, contact Tom Whitlow:

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