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New organic guides

organic production guidesFrom the Cornell Chronicle, March 29:

Nine new and free organic production guides are now available for farmers.

The guides provide information on how to produce certified organic apples, blueberries, grapes, lettuce, potatoes, spinach, strawberries and cole crops, including cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. There is also a new guide on management of dairy cattle pests using organic integrated pest management (IPM) methods.

This effort was coordinated by the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell, funded by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM).

Read the whole article.

Download the guides at the NYS IPM Program website.

Cut flower trial summary

cutflower_reportx250Chris Wien’s 2009 Cut Flower Trials summary is now available online. The summary includes trials in the field as well as in high tunnels — which extended the harvest season for local cut flower growers earlier in the spring and later in the fall.

Trial summaries include:

  • Sunflower Bud Elimination Experiments
  • Rudbeckia Photoperiod Light Gradient Trial
  • Rudbeckia Photoperiod Lighting Study
  • Godetia Transplant Study
  • Lisianthus Transplant Study
  • Larkspur Topping Trial
  • Stock (Matthiola) Topping Trial
  • Stock Date of Planting Trial
  • Sunflower Daylength Screening Test
  • High Tunnel Tulip Trial
  • Variety trials for 10 different cut flowers

Dreer Seminar: Vertical Greening Systems

20100405dreerDreer Award Lecture:
Vertical Greening Systems
Monday, April 5, 12:15 p.m.
461 Kennedy Hall

Presented by: Stephanie Gautama, B.S. Landscape Architecture ’09, Dreer Awardee 2009-2010

Greenwalls, green facade, livingwalls…

  • What are the differences?
  • How do you build them?
  • And how do you maintain these sky-high plants?
  • Are green walls sustainable?
  • Can you grow food on them?
  • Is vertical greening the urban landscape of the future?

In July 2009, Stephanie Gautama sets out on a journey to discover the answers of these questions. Sponsored by the Dreer Award, her 8-month’s research took her to meetings and internships in Zürich, Stockholm, Paris, Münich, Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore, with researchers, designers and entrepreneurs of the growing vertical greening industry.

On this occasion, she returns to Cornell to share her findings. Horticulturists, landscape architects, planners and architects interested in incorporating vertical greenery into their projects should not miss this event!

More information about the Dreer Award

N.Y. Small Farm Summit videos

If you missed the N.Y. Small Farm Summit March 4, you can view videos of the morning’s progress reports online, as well as Dean Susan Henry’s noontime address. For more information about the Summit, visit the Cornell Small Farms Program website.

N.Y. Small Farm Summit: Welcome, Anu Rangarajan from Cornell Horticulture on Vimeo.

More from the morning program:

Dean Henry’s address:

N.Y. Small Farm Summit: Dean Susan Henry from Cornell Horticulture on Vimeo.

Flower Bulb Research Program website revamped

fbrp_screencaptureThe Department of Horticulture’s Flower Bulb Research Program website has a new look and updated information following its relaunch today.

The site features research summaries of the Program’s work on forced tulips and lilies, a research newsletter archive, the program’s latest annual report, and links to other Program efforts, including Bulb and Perennial Combinations, Flower bulb labyrinth and more.

Visit the website at

Scientists aid MillionTreesNYC effort

According to a Cornell Chronicle article, Cornell researchers — with funding from the Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future (CCSF) and Cornell Civic Ecology Lab (CEL) — are playing a major role in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s citywide, public-private MillionTreesNYC initiative to plant one million trees in the city by 2017.

“On March 5 and 6, for example, they helped organized a research symposium at the New School that attracted more than 200 environmental scientists and practitioners. The Cornell scientists presented their work about tree survival and community participation in urban forests. …

“… presentations included research on growing trees surrounded by concrete by Nina Bassuk, professor and program leader of the Urban Horticultural Institute of Cornell.”

Read the whole article.

Annual flower trial internships – Deadline extended to April 15

Get experience growing, maintaining and evaluating plants. 35 hour/week paid internship, June 1 to Aug 20. Application deadline extended to April 15. For more information, see poster or contact Melissa Kitchen at 607-280-4898 or

Alum on Martha Stewart

Lloyd Traven (M. S. ’81 – Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture), owner/partner of Peace Tree Farm Kintnersville, Pa., shared his propagation expertise and showcased some stunning begonias on the Martha Stewart Show March 2. View video of the segment here.

Chronicle roundup

Some recent articles of interest from the Cornell Chronicle:

Cooperative extension program airs nationwide on PBS – ‘GoGreener,’ a motivational PBS TV special that offers simple ways to save money and make the most of available resources, premiers this month on PBS stations in New York City and nationwide. (March 5, 2010)

Shift to agriculture gave rise to ‘age of anxiety’ – Spencer Wells, an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, gave a lecture and seminars during his first visit to campus as a Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of ’56 Professor March 1-5. (March 5, 2010)

Northern New York team promotes local foods – A team of extension educators are working in northern New York to promote local foods by organizing a conference, workshop, symposium, calendar and ‘Meet the Farmer’ dinners. (March 2, 2010)

Learn organic gardening online

organic gardening

8-week online course starts April 5 and is designed to help experienced gardeners broaden their understanding of organic techniques for all kinds of gardens.

With a strong foundation in soil health and its impact on plant health, we then explore tried-and-true and cutting-edge techniques for all different kinds of garden plants – annuals and perennials, food plants and ornamentals.

Course syllabus:

  • Introduction: What is Organic Gardening?
  • Your Garden Site
  • Soil, Compost, and Mulch
  • Managing Pests Organically
  • Vegetables and Flowers: Planning and Early Season
  • Vegetables and Flowers: Mid-Season and Harvest
  • Trees, Shrubs, and Herbaceous Perennials: The Long-Term Landscape
  • Organic Lawn Care
  • Advanced Topics for the Adventurous Gardener

Cost: $300. More information, registration.

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