Use of biodegradable plastic mulch eliminated the need for in-row shallow cultivation, herbicides, and costly follow-up hand weeding labor in new strawberry and blueberry cooperator trials.
This project is a field validation of various new tactics, such as pheromone mating disruption, trap monitoring and threshold development, fruit damage inspection, and optimum chemical application, to improve control of fruit-feeding "worms" in western New York apples.
Despite the fact that conferences often attempt to distinguish between "presentations" and "workshops" in their calls for presentations, educators often express frustration that workshops should be more experiential and hands-on. Living sculpture is art made with plants. In an effort to offer a genuinely hands-on experience, we offered a workshop at a national symposium at which 33 educators worked diligently in the heat to create a large scale, 40+ foot-wide living sod sculpture at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.
In 2007, Cornell University, University of Massachusetts, Red Tomato (a nonprofit produce marketing corporation), and the IPM Institute of North America, Inc., received a two-year grant to develop a protocol for producing and marketing "eco apples'" in the Northeast. Red Tomato's mission is connecting farmers and consumers through marketing, trade and education and a belief in family-farms, and a locally based, ecological, fair trade food system.
Since 1999, the National Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Program in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University has provided growers throughout the United States with a variety of practical and useful educational materials on reducing microbial hazards and risks in the production and packing of fresh fruits and vegetables.
This project was developed to increase marketing opportunities for small businesses that depend on recreational fishing activities on Long Island. The project creates opportunities for partnerships between businesses that are based in different sectors but share a common market.
The benefits of gardening are many, including fostering environmental/scientific literacy, community building and social integration and human well-being. Gardening benefits are maximized when garden success is achieved.
Cultivating a group of well-informed community leaders through the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) county Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) programs puts research-based knowledge related to successful and ecologically sound gardening practices to work in homes, schools and communities throughout New York state.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension-New York City (CUCE-NYC), in partnership with Central Park Conservancy, coordinated planning, implementation, and evaluation of an intensive 18-session certification course taught to Central Park and other New York City parks staff and volunteers through classroom/lab and hands-on field instruction in soils, plants, pest management, etc., for urban landscapes.
The Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP) is a participatory adult learning program designed to create and support reciprocal educational experiences between Cornell students and Cornell employees.
In 2007, New York revised its general permit program for storm water discharges associated with industrial activities, placing new requirements on recreational marinas. However, few marinas knew of these regulatory changes or what the rules required them to do. In conjunction with the marine trade associations, the New York Sea Grant developed educational materials, held informational meetings, and developed readily-usable templates for regulatory reporting requirements for marina operators.