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New NY Ag in the Classroom coordinator

Angela McGregor Hedstrom

Angela McGregor Hedstrom

Angela McGregor Hedstrom has joined New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) as its new coordinator. NYAITC serves elementary and middle school students through formal and informal education. Angela’s responsibilities will include developing and distributing curriculum, training educators and making decisions regarding areas of agricultural emphasis each year.

Angela was formerly the education and communications coordinator with the Cornell Garden-Based Learning Program. Her office is in 15C Plant Science.

Graduate assistantship available in Bauerle Lab

From Taryn Bauerle:

Taryn BauerleA graduate assistantship is available to work on aspects of root and whole plant physiology as part of a large multi-institutional USDA-funded project that focuses on precision irrigation and nutrient management for the fall of 2012. Students will have some latitude in selecting a research project within the broad understanding of root water relations and nutrient dynamics across several economically important tree species. Previous experience in plant water relations, field research, or below-ground dynamics preferred.

Applicants must meet all graduate admission requirements for regular admission to the Graduate School at Cornell University and the Field of Horticulture. Candidates with a M.S. degree preferred. Prospective students are invited to email a summary of their research, GRE scores, a cv, and names of three references to before applying to the program. Deadline is December 20th. For more information on the formal application process and requirement, please visit the Graduate Field of Horticulture application faq.

Visit the Bauerle Lab website.

Wolfe contributes to NY climate change study

David WolfeA November 16 Cornell Chronicle article, Report predicts impacts of climate change on New York, reports on the release of the 600-page ClimAID study by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. David Wolfe, professor in the Department of Horticulture, was among the 19 Cornell scientists who contributed to the historic report.

“David Wolfe (right), professor of plant and soil ecology who led the agriculture and ecosystems sections of the report, is also working with his colleagues to develop online decision-making tools to help farmers evaluate when to invest in adaptations such as expanded irrigation capacity or improved drainage systems.

“‘The Earth’s climate is always in flux, but today’s pace of change is far beyond what previous generations of farmers and natural resource managers have had to face,’ Wolfe said.”

The report concludes that shifting weather patterns are poised to affect everything from food and drinking water quality to the snowpack for winter recreation.

Read the whole article.

Climate change factsheets and other resources at the Cornell Climate Change website.

CALS announces plans to reorganize plant sciences departments

From November 16 Cornell Chronicle article:

Dean BoorThe College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is beginning a yearlong planning process with faculty, staff, students and stakeholders to develop a new organizational structure for one of its oldest and most respected areas of expertise: plants.

Kathryn J. Boor (right), the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of CALS, made the announcement Nov. 16.

The five departments that fall under this umbrella — Horticulture, Crop and Soil Sciences, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology — will be shaped into fewer, larger units. …

Staff in the Department of Horticulture are familiar with change, having gone through three mergers and recently becoming the new home of two faculty members from the Department of Education. Department Chair Marvin Pritts said the experiences have been positive.

“Each time we have combined or reorganized, it’s turned out really well for us,” Pritts said. “We’re interested in exploring future opportunities that may further enhance our strengths.”

Read the whole article.

See also: Reimagining the Plant Sciences at CALS

Hort in CALS News

Art of Horticulture students' sod sofa project featured in CALS News

The fall issue of CALS News is available online. Items of horticulture interest include:

Marcia Eames-Sheavly‘s Art of Horticulture class is the lead picture for the Dean’s Message that appears on page 2 of the print edition.

CALS in the City features Nina Bassuk‘s work with street trees and CU-Structural Soil™ in the Big Apple, and the Farmer Field School program spearheaded by graduate student Megan Gregory.

The Heat is On quotes David Wolfe: “Variable winter temperatures can ‘de-harden’ plants and make them more susceptible to mid-winter freeze damage. Or they may leaf out prematurely in early spring and then get hit by a frost event.”

Apple of the Artist’s Eye profiles Los Angeles artist Jessica Rath’s collaboration with Susan Brown on “Apple Shadow” — a series of photographic portraits of leafless apple tree silhouettes.

Did You Know offers a warning from Nina Bassuk on volcano mulch and and explanation of the mysteries of pH and flower color in hydrangeas by Bill Miller.

New Northeast Superfruit? extolls the virtues of berry breeder Courtney Weber‘s latest release, ‘Crimson Giant’ raspberry.

Cornell Plantations Says “Let’s Move!” describes how they are taking part in the First Lady’s exercise and anti-obesity program.

CALS Student Elected to Leadership in FFA brings us news that Sophomore Ken Quick, Jr. ’14, who is majoring in agricultural education with a focus on international agriculture policy, was named the National Eastern Region Vice President of the FFA.

Akwe:kon celebrates 20 Years of Inclusiveness quotes Jane Mt. Pleasant, former director of the American Indian Program: “Cornell is first and foremost an intellectual space. We deal with ideas and knowledge and the life of the mind. Today, Akwe:kon is ‘Indian country’ for Cornell’s Native community in a profound and very real way.”

In the news

N.Y. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, left, tastes an NY1 apple alongside its breeder, Susan Brown, associate chair in the Department of Horticulture, at the 2010 New York Farm Days event in Washington, D.C.

Recent articles of horticulture interest from the Cornell Chronicle:

Apples with catchy names may boost revenue for farmers (Nov. 15) – Dyson School study shows consumers were willing to pay more for NY1 apples, bred by Susan Brown, and they were willing to pay still more when it had an “exciting, sensory” name.

Economists help cool-climate wine regions make their mark (Nov. 15) – Goal of another Dyson School study is to figure out what factors increase the survival and growth of wineries in their first five years and then translate them into business practices and plans for regional development.

CALS faculty and staff honored for outstanding achievements in their fields (Nov. 10) – Including Bruce Reisch, for Outstanding Accomplishments in Applied Research for his pioneering work in grape development, including developing biolistic transformation technology, a novel technique that injects plants with new genetic information.

To dredge or not to dredge: Class analyzes inlet options (Nov. 7) – Students in Tom Whitlow‘s Restoration Ecology (HORT 4400) take on a real-world project in the local community, working together to gather data, analyze the issues and report their findings.

Online organic gardening course starts Jan. 10

organic gardeningBroaden your understanding of organic techniques for all kinds of gardens, including vegetables, fruits, flowers and ornamentals, and lawns. 8-week course starts Jan. 10, 2012.

More information.

New climate change factsheet: Farm Energy, Carbon, and Greenhouse Gases

New factsheet from Cornell Climate Change PWT

The Cornell Climate Change Program Work Team has released the fourth in its series of factsheets, Farm Energy, Carbon, and Greenhouse Gases.

Previously factsheets published by the PWT:

These and future factsheets are available at the Cornell Climate Change website.

Video: Taste the Apple of the Future

View Susan Brown‘s October 13, 2011 lecture, Cornell Apple Breeding: Taste the Apple of the Future at CornellCast.

Brown, director of Cornell’s Fruit and Vegetable Genomics Initiative and head of the apple breeding program, presents a broad view of the process of creating new apple varieties, from history and technical aspects to marketing and consumer satisfaction. The presentation, given at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station on Cornell’s Geneva campus, is part of a series sponsored by the Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti.

New products at Cornell Orchards: Pawpaw ice cream, kiwi jam and more

From Kristina Engel-Ross. Cornell Orchards is currently open Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Hours change seasonally. Check website.) See website for latest info.

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Making Cornell Cider.  Click image to view video.

Making Cornell Cider. Click image to view video.

New products at Cornell Orchards:

  • Pawpaw ice cream made from our famous pawpaws.
  • Apple butter with and without sugar made from our apples.
  • Pear butter with and without sugar made from our pears.
  • Kiwi jam made from our delicious kiwi berries.
  • Peach jam made from our peaches.
  • Cornell Dairy eggnog
  • Apple cider ice cream
  • Pear-apple cider and pear cider
  • Plum Jam
  • Asian Pears
  • Cornell University Weather Calendars

Fresh fruit:

  • Apples: Ida Red, Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Fuji, Macoun, MacIntosh, Empire, Jonagold, Cameo, Mutsu, Fortune, Shizuka, Jonamac.
  • Antique apple varieties: Sheep Nose, Arkansas Black, Yellow Newton, Fameuse, Blue Permain, Tompkins County King, Spitzenburg, Roxbury Rusett, Hudson Gold, Keepsake.
  • Pears: Concord, Bosc.

Drink it up:

  • Cornell Orchards apple cider
  • Cornell Orchards grape juice
  • Mulling spices
  • Riesling grape juice for wine makers and juice for hard cider.

More good eats:

  • Cornell maple syrup and maple spread
  • Cornell Dairy yogurt and pudding
  • Cornell cooking pumpkins
  • Cornell squash
  • Honey
  • Maple sugar candy and other maple products
  • Jellies, jams, spreads, butters and juices
  • Pancake and muffin mixes.

Also available:

  • Cornell sheep blankets
  • Cornell Orchards shirts, vests and sweatshirts
  • Cornell Orchards travelling mugs and cider mugs
  • Natural soap and more


Tuesday through Sunday Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving week:  Tuesday 11/22/11 through Wednesday 11/23/11 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed Sundays after Thanksgiving.

Hours change seasonally. Check website.

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