Dilmun Hill, Cornell’s student-run farm, is currently looking for students who would like to conduct research at the farm. This is a great opportunity for students interested in agroecology, soil science, horticulture, agronomy or other related fields.
It was a year of promises and deliveries, of new partnerships and the research and outreach results those relationships fuel. For Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, 2014 will be remembered as a very good year.
Here are a few of the highlights:
- The state committed $3.4 million to upgrade the Fruit and Vegetable Processing Pilot Plant, part of a $13 million dollar modernization effort for the facility.
- A $4.7 million upgrade to the greenhouses was celebrated in October.
- The Northern Grapes Project, led by senior extension associate Tim Martinson, received a $2.6 million USDA grant to continue developing grape growing, wine making and marketing resources for cold climate grape growers.
- Assistant professor of horticulture Kenong Xu received two grants totaling nearly $2 million to dissect the genetics of acidity and branch angle in apples.
- Susan Brown, incoming Station director and faculty in the Horticulture Section, was named a 2014 “Women of Distinction” in a ceremony at the State Capitol.
- Sarah Pethybridge was hired as an assistant professor in the Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, Steve Reiners assumed the position of associate chair of the Horticulture Section, Anna Katharine Mansfield was promoted to associate professor in the Department of Food Science, and Jennifer Grant was named director of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program.
- The Station completed its 10th year of boosting science literacy through a plant science program for the Geneva City School District’s third and fourth graders.
- The Summer Research Scholars Program hosted 27 students from top universities around the country for immersion in agricultural research.
And that’s just a start.
If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar, Saving the King’s kitchen garden of Versailles: respecting the past and creating a future, featuring M. Antoine Jacobsohn, Director, Le Potager du Roi, Versailles, it’s available online.
Saturday morning, graduate students from all five sections helped the School of Integrative Plant Sciences put its best foot forward to prospective graduate students at a poster session in Stocking Commons hosted by SIPS and the Field of Food Science.
The enthusiastic presenters included Michael Schmidt, Soil and Crop Sciences …
… and Maria Gannett, Horticulture.
Flower Bulb Research at Kenneth Post Lab Greenhouses.
A botanical exploration through the Toledo District of southern Belize
Monday, March 2, at 4:30, in Rm. 404 Plant Science Building.
Join Hort 4940: Tropical Plants Extravaganza students as they offer a lively presentation about their January 2015 excursion through the Toledo District of southern Belize.
Intensively experiential, with forays which include explorations into forests, a national park, and cacao plantation, the students will offer insights into their thinking about a sustainable future, and conclude their presentation with a hands-on cacao experience.
Hot chocolate and light foods will be served.
For more than 15 years, CALS has bolstered its sustainability research with a steady stream of gifts from the Toward Sustainability Foundation (TSF), a Massachusetts-based organization founded by an anonymous, eco-minded Cornell alumna.
Since 1999, TSF provided more than $1.1 million in funding for more than 100 faculty and student projects that examine the technological, social, political, and economic elements of sustainable agriculture.
Projects funded for 2015 include research and outreach topics ranging from soilless media for rooftop farms to growing organic grains for local markets to using vermicompost to grow tomatoes.
On February 13, Don Rakow visited with recent graduates Justin Kondrat (BS ’14) and Lourdes (Luly) Rios (BS ’14), along with former graduate student Sarah Hulick (BS ’11, MS ’13) at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA. Justin is interning at the garden in February, before starting his new position as assistant orchid curator at the U.S. Botanical Garden. Luly is currently employed by Driscoll’s Berries, where she has been developing a technical manual for blueberry growers, and is supervised by Sarah, who is responsible for all education and trouble-shooting efforts.
If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar, How New York fruit growers are addressing farm labor challenges with Tom Maloney, Senior Extension Associate, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, it’s available online.
The Horticulture Sections’s online Organic Gardening course is designed to help new gardeners get started and help experienced gardeners broaden their understanding of organic techniques for all kinds of gardens.
The course runs March 11 to April 24, 2015, and covers one topic each week. (See course outline below.) 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 including food plants, trees and shrubs and lawn.
Participants view recorded presentations, read assigned essays and book excerpts, participate in online group discussions with other students, complete reflective writing/design work and take part in some hands-on activities. Most students spend 3 to 4 hours each week with the content, though there are always ample resources and opportunity to do more.
Please contact the instructor, Elizabeth Gabriel, for information: email@example.com.
- Week 1:Introduction: What is Organic Gardening? Knowing Your Site.
- Week 2: Soil, Compost, and Mulch
- Week 3: Vegetables and Flowers: Site Design & Planning for the Season
- Week 4: Vegetables and Flowers: Early, Mid, Late Season Crops; Harvesting, Herbs
- Week 5: Maintenance a & Managing Pests Organically
- Week 6: Trees, Shrubs, and Herbaceous Perennials: The Long-Term Landscape
- Optional Extra Readings: Advanced Topics for the Adventurous Gardener