This gathering of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educators, volunteers and key partners will provide in-depth information on climate change impacts on gardening and adaptive and innovative methods to help meet this challenge. Sessions will be presented in a variety of formats to ensure participants’ time at the conference will benefit both themselves and their communities in positive and productive ways. Read more
Less than a week into its crowd-sourcing fund-raising campaign, Dilmun Hill Student Farm has already reached 70 percent of its $5,000 goal. Donations are tax deductible and will be used to improve the farm’s outdoor teaching facilities and expand the farm’s hands-on educational mission. Help push them over the top. Read more
“Impressive.” “The best workshop I’ve ever been to.” “She was committed to my success every step of the way.” Accolades like these have earned Elizabeth Lamb the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program’s (NYS IPM) Excellence in IPM award. This award honors people who make outstanding contributions to preventive and least-toxic tactics for dealing with pests. Read more
About 100 greenhouse growers and retailers, florists, educators and others attended the annual Cornell Floriculture Field Day August 13. The day started on campus with presentations on the latest show-stopping flower and foliage annuals and summer bulbs, invasive species, biological pest control, and alternatives to impatiens, a popular shade-loving annual that has been plagued in recent years by a new disease, impatiens downy mildew. Read more
This course (new for Fall 2013) will prepare you to take International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) certification exam. You’ll get hands-on experience with:
Assessing plant health
Urban forestry Read more
GENEVA, N.Y. — Cornell has announced two new apple varieties developed in partnership with the New York Apple Growers (NYAG). They are SnapDragon and RubyFrost, and they have undergone a year of rigorous consumer testing as NY1 and NY2.
The new names were revealed Aug. 1 by Jeff Crist, vice chairman of the NYAG board of directors, at a field day at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, where Cornell breeder Susan Brown developed the varieties.
“SnapDragon is a great name for this apple because consumers found its crispy texture and sweet flavor so appealing,” said Mark Russell, an apple grower and NYAG member. He anticipates it will be a popular apple for snacking, especially for children. Read more
With its long, speckled stalks, vibrant flowers and long vase life, the pineapple lily appeals to those who appreciate brash, beautiful blooms.
It could also provide new opportunities for Northeast nurseries, according to Cornell horticulturists who would like to see the South African native take root in upstate New York.
Chris Wien, professor of horticulture, experiments with cut flowers to determine which varieties hold the most promise for the state’s $6.3 billion nursery industry, and he believes he’s found a winner in Eucomis. Read more
[Mother Jones 2013/07/17] – Thomas Bjorkman explains that partners in the Eastern Broccoli Project include relatively small players like Maine-based Johnny’s Selected Seeds, a purveyor widely used by small- and mid-size farmers, as well as seed giants like Monsanto. “Our goal is to get seeds of better-adapted broccoli varieties out to Eastern growers so that they can grow more local broccoli,” he says. And working with private players with established distribution networks is the fastest way to do that, he added. S Read more
“Everybody should be pretty happy with their prospects this year. Every fruit crop in the Northeast has really set up nicely. Apples, grapes, blueberries, raspberries — they’re all looking good.”
— Horticulture professor Marvin Pritts talks to the Associated Press about sweet treats in store for us this season. Read more
His cut flower cultivar creations have brightened many homes and gardens, and now a prestigious grant will allow horticulture professor Mark Bridgen to spend a semester studying Alstroemeria flowers in their native habitat. Read more