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Food donations top 1 million pounds

Thompson Vegetable Research Farm manager Steve McKay loads bins of potatoes bound for Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Thompson Vegetable Research Farm manager Steve McKay loads bins of potatoes bound for Food Bank of the Southern Tier

This year’s ‘Food donations by the numbers … ‘

141,936 – Pounds of fresh produce from the Homer C. Thompson Research Farm in Freeville donated in 2010 to food relief efforts such as Food Bank of the Southern Tier (Elmira), Friendship Donations Network (Ithaca), and Loaves and Fishes (Cortland).

1,111,037 – Total pounds donated since 2004, including potatoes, sweet corn, snap beans, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes, melons, winter squash and pumpkins.

658 and 281 – Bushels of apples and gallons of cider donated by Cornell Orchards in 2010 to food pantries, schools and other organizations.

“The produce we receive from the Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm is top quality product freshly picked from the field,” says Natasha Thompson, Food Bank of the Southern Tier‘s president & CEO. “Most of it is distributed directly to individuals in need through our Mobile Food Pantry program the very same week it is received. This has allowed us to provide hundreds of families with fresh, nutritious produce that they may have otherwise not been able to access. We are extremely fortunate to have Cornell as a partner in the fight against hunger in the Southern Tier.”

Art of Horticulture final projects

Art of Horticulture final project

Art of Horticulture final project

On November 30, students in the Art of Horticulture (Hort 2010) presented their final projects, expressing their creativity through floral-inspired posters, sod sculptures, mosaics, garlands, craft work, and more.

View projects.

Class project: Sod sofa outside Roberts Hall.

View final projects from previous classes.

Equador, China travelogues


If you missed the recent informal seminars by Neil Matson and Melissa Kitchen, you can still scan their images from recent travels in China and Equador:


Cornell Organic Lawn Care Course Jan. 11

Cornell’s Organic Lawn Care Course is a BeGreen qualifying course to be offered at the Empire State Green Industry Show, Jan. 11, 2011. Participants may take a half hour exam at the end of the course. Those passing the exam may then enter into a service mark license agreement with the DEC to become a BeGreen provider. Visit NYS DEC’s BeGreen program website for more information.

The course cost is $100. Participants may only take the test if they have attended the full day’s program. Contact the NYS Turfgrass Association to register for the conference and course.

4 DEC pesticide recertification credits are available for this program.

Instructors are:

View full agenda.

Dreer Award winner featured in N.Z. press

erin's blogDreer Award winner Erin Marteal (’10 MPS Public Garden Leadership), in New Zeland investigating the use of permaculture in public gardens, is featured in the article Teacher studies unique plot in the Nov. 10 edition of the Hamilton Press:

“[Marteal] is hosted by the Hamilton Permaculture Trust and aims to make a detailed study of the approach to permaculture used in the gardens’ Sustainable Backyard, and the way it is used as a functioning garden and for environmental education set in the context of a major urban public garden. …

‘‘’I plan to use the lessons I learn here as a template to help environmental educators and park managers in the US.’’’

Read the whole article.

See also previous post Where in the world is Erin Marteal? and Erin’s blog Permaculture in Public Gardens.

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