Event Details


April 1, 2023


10:30 am - 12 noon


CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016


NYC Department of Parks & Recreations

Life Cycles of the Segmented and Infamous @ the GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference

April 1, 2023

Life Cycles of the Segmented and Infamous @ the GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference

Do you have strong opinions about which bugs you like and don't like in your garden? Join Sam Anderson, CCE Urban Ag Specialist, and Saara Naticic of Red Hook Farms who also have strong opinions for an educational and participatory rant about some of the most interesting, wonderful, and despicable arthropods we encountered last year. Participants will learn how to identify some of the most important and/ or most mysterious arthropods of NYC farms and gardens, where to find them, their life cycles, and their predators (or prey). For the pests, we'll touch on ways to manage their presence, but the emphasis here is more about getting to know these helpful/unhelpful/ otherwise-interesting arthropods and understanding how they operate.

This session is part of the 39th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference. All activities are free and open to the public. Please REGISTER in advance!

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Field Guide: Arthropod Pests of NYC Vegetables

Arthropod Pests of NYC Vegetables aims to help urban farmers and gardeners find, identify, and understand the most common and important insects and other arthropod pests found in New York City farms and gardens. Some of these pests are rarely mentioned in other guides but are common in NYC. The guide emphasizes scouting tips, including how to identify pests by the damage they leave behind, even when you can't find the insect itself.

This guide was created as a collaboration between Cornell Cooperative Extension's Harvest New York team and the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program.