Event Details

Date

October 15, 2023

Time

11:00am - 3:00pm

Location

Randall's Island Urban Farm

Host

New York Mycological Society


Fungus Festival 2023

October 15, 2023

Fungus Festival 2023

The time has come, the myceliation is almost complete, and soon there will emerge the greatest fungal festival ever to fruit in New York City!

Get ready for our second annual Fungus Festival, organized by the New York Mycological Society, in partnership with Randall's Island Park Alliance.

This year we have a huge flush of fungal partners, presenters and volunteers! We are excited to celebrate the city's mycelial network, and showcase the breadth of mycological creativity here in New York City.

Come explore diverse displays and programs at the intersection of community art and science, including identification tables of wild mushrooms from the New York area, art and cultivation workshops and activities, lectures, yoga, tastings, urban farms, food vendors, costume corner, games and so much more.

This festival is free and open to all!

Please register for this free event to receive updates on Festival programming and to be informed about registration for walks and workshops!




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New York State Honeyberry Conference

June 29, 2024
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mexico, NY

Join CCE Oswego and CCE Harvest NY for a state-wide conference on a new emerging fruit called Honeyberry, also known as Haskap (Lonicera caerulea). Honeyberries are a dark blue color, like blueberries, but with a distinct oval shape. The taste is most associated with raspberry and blueberry, while also containing its own distinctive flavor. The fruit can grow in USDA Plant Hardiness zones 1 to 8 and can survive up to 30 years or longer if properly managed. What makes the fruit unique is that it ripens from the middle of June through early July. This allows the fruit to sit comfortably between the strawberry and blueberry season. When fully mature plants can produce 6 to 10 lbs. of berries, which can be eaten as a fresh fruit or made into value-added products.

The conference will cover the history of the fruit, best growing practices, processing, value-added production, and marketing. Guest speakers will include growers and researchers from the US and Canada, including Dr. Bob Bors from the University of Saskatchewan. Attendees will also be able to network and attend an optional farm tour immediately after the conference. 

Announcements

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.