[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
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.
From Justine Vanden Heuvel: I just wanted to share the good news that Lindsay Jordan won “Best student paper in Viticulture” at the American Society of Enology and Viticulture – Eastern Section meeting in Winston-Salem, NC last week. It was actually a Cornell sweep for the two Lindsays: – Lindsay Springer (from Gavin Sacks’ lab) won best student paper in enology.
“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.
Thomas Björkman is featured in this July 9 New York Times article. Here’s an excerpt: “If you’ve had really fresh broccoli, you know it’s an entirely different thing,” he said. “And if the health-policy goal is to vastly increase the consumption of broccoli, then we need a ready supply, at an attractive price.”