Agroecological Alternatives to Herbicides

What to do when over-zealous pesticide use exacerbates pest management problems – Agroecological alternatives to herbicides Open Lecture

David MortensenThursday, March 9, 2017 at 12:20pm to 1:10pm

Emerson Hall, 135, Cornell University

Agroecological Alternatives to Herbicides: The prevailing form of agriculture performed today suffers from “lock-in” which is to say the production system has features that limit it’s ability to redirect. One such feature is genetically modified herbicide resistant crops. Widespread adoption of the package of seed and associated traits, matching herbicides and insecticide and fungicide seed treatments has resulted in significant increases in pesticide use.  Mortensen will outline how this lock-in has evolved, the downside effects of lock-in then spend the remainder of the seminar outlining recent agroecological advances that offer a glimpse to a more sustainable path forward.

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Sustainable Animal Agriculture Internship Program

Department of Animal Science Sustainable Animal Agriculture Internship. Applications Due March 3rd, 2017

Sustainable Animal Agriculture InternshipProgram Description

How is animal agriculture helping to meet the demand for healthy food? This eight-week sustainable animal agriculture internship program aims to inspire talented students to become the thought leaders in agricultural sustainability. Participants will engage in agricultural research within the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University with faculty mentors, covering a breadth of topics including: metabolic efficiency of production animals, reducing the environmental impact of animal production and improving farm profitability through enhancing the efficiency of absorbed nutrients, nutrient and manure management and assessment of nutrient cycling to achieving successful outcomes in both production and environmental sustainability, and reproductive biology, physiology, and genomics for both fundamental gains in efficiency and its translation to production.

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Solar Farm Seminar in Oswego

Solar Farm Seminar: The Oswego County Farm Bureau in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County and the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding a Solar Farm Seminar on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union in Mexico. Open to the public, the free seminar will focus on answering questions surrounding the utilization of solar power for electrical generation. Landowners, those interested in learning more about solar farms, municipal leaders and anyone concerned about the environment are encouraged to attend.

Farm Solar Array
TC3 Farm Solar Project

Learn more about the TC3 Farm solar project here: http://tc3farm.com/index.php/tag/solar-power/

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Sustainable Growers Trip to Cornell Botanical Garden

TC3 Sustainable Growers Gardening Club – Cornell Plantations Botanical Field Trip – Student Post by Indigo

Cornell Botanical Gardens
Cornell Botanical Gardens Welcome Center

A monk by the name of St. Bernard of Clairvaux once claimed, “You will find more in the woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.”. I couldn’t agree more with this, the idea of nature providing more wisdom and knowledge than any human ever could. If focused in the present and observe what is, one can find an unparalleled education that is objective in the most extreme, provided by mother nature herself. That is exactly why the TC3 Sustainable Growers Gardening Club decided to take a Friday afternoon to go on a private tour at the Cornell Plantations Botanical Garden by Cornell’s Adult Educator & Volunteer Coordinator Kevin Moss.

On April 15th, we all meet up at the Botanical Gardens mid-afternoon. We really lucked out on the weather, while it was rather cold and grey all week, our tour day is nothing but clear blue skies and sunshine! Although it is fair weather, most plants have yet to bloom and pop with colors, but no matter – there is still plenty to be observed.  We meet Kevin in front of the parking lot sidewalk, where a map of the gardens stands. Once acquainted, he begins to tell us about the intentional design of the U-sloped ditch in front of the lot. Various shrubs and plants just short of budding are arranged along the inside of the ditch, which he explains is carefully designed to drain rainwater on a slowly on an angle, in order to prevent erosion and the loss of soil nutrients. Even the parking lot was designed in coordination, so the water can drain from there mindfully as well.

Cornell Botanical Herb Garden
Cornell Plantations Herb Garden

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Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference

Sustainable Agriculture Education Association2016 Sustainable Agriculture Education Association National Conference

July 29–31, 2016, in Santa Cruz, California

Join us to explore this year’s conference theme:

“The Ecology of Food Systems: Engaging Interdisciplinary and Applied Education for a Just and Sustainable Agriculture”

Hosted by The University of California Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems

Co-Hosted by: UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UH West O’ahu, Cal Poly SLO & Swanton Pacific Ranch, ALBA, Merritt College, and Stanford University

With major support from the University of California Global Food Initiative

Conference homepage and flyer: http://sustainableaged.org/conferences/2016-santa-cruz-ca/

SAEA Conference

Conference Format 

When it comes to food and agriculture education that is experiential, interdisciplinary, and systems-based, the SAEA conference strives to walk the talk. The SAEA champions innovative educational approaches for sustainable agriculture through the development, application, and research of teaching and learning practices. The goal of the conference is to connect educators, teachers, students, apprentices, staff, and administrators who focus on teaching and learning at the adult level.

The format of the three-day conference is designed with specific learning outcomes in mind, and utilizes multiple approaches to learning styles and competency development.

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The Holy Earth by Liberty Hyde Bailey

Book Talk: The Holy Earth by Liberty Hyde Bailey

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 4:00pm

Mann Library, 160 Stern Seminar Room Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Protecting and sharing our environment for future generations is a global challenge we face today, and to celebrate Earth Day which falls on April 22nd this year, Mann Library is hosting a panel discussion highlighting the newly released 100th anniversary edition of The Holy Earth by Liberty Hyde Bailey (published by Counterpoint in cooperation with the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, December 2015).

The Holy Earth by Liberty Hyde Bailey

Join us for a Chats in the Stacks panel discussion with Scott Peters, Department of Development Sociology; Jim Tantillo, Department of Natural Resources; and John Linstrom, editor of the anniversary edition of The Holy Earth, and former curator and director of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum.

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