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February 2022

Regulations, Certification, and the Specialty Mushroom Industry: Mushroom Production Certification

February 23, 2022
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Webinar #2,

Join the Cornell Small Farms Program and CCE Harvest NY in an opportunity to learn how to navigate the various regulations and certifications in a specialty mushroom enterprise. The type, location, scale, and markets of a given farm all affect the programs that farmers are required or can choose to join.

Several options exist for verification programs that growers can utilize to certify their production practices and increase their market potential. This webinar covers the practices and procedures for becoming Certified Organic, Certified Naturally Grown, and New York Grown and Certified. Hear from the people who offer these options and from mushroom growers who utilize them, and get your questions answered.

March 2022

Urban Ag Pest Updates: Twospotted Spider Mite

March 3, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm

A lunch session to discuss updates on NYC's most damaging pest of tomatoes and cucumbers, including some new ideas for managing it on urban farms.

Urban Ag Pest Updates: Cabbage Whitefly

March 9, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm

This lunch session will provide updates on one of NYC's top pests of kale, collards, and other brassicas, with some new ideas for managing it on urban farms.

Fruit Tree Pruning with NYBG

March 19, 2022
11:00am - 1:00pm
Bronx, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY is partnering with NYBG Bronx Green Up to provide a hands-on workshop on fruit tree pruning, pest and disease management, and proper tool care. During the workshop, participants will learn about the different types of fruit trees and the care considerations associated with each. Participants will also gain practical experience pruning, while working in teams. 

April 2022

GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference Workshop: Urban Berry Management

April 23, 2022
Bronx, NY

This workshop will provide basic growing techniques in favor of both fruit production and propagation in urban settings. A list of preferred strawberry varieties and examples of successful berry management in NYC will be provided. Plus we'll provide some basic knowledge about urban soils and soil health.

Upcoming Events

New York City Soil Health Field Day

May 18, 2022
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Bronx, NY

Part of the 2022 Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Field Day series, the field day in NYC will offer insights on urban soil health and water management.
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Propagating Strawberry Plants Through Runners

The production of strawberry plants is challenging due to the rigorous sanitation needs that must be met, especially in field propagation settings, but also in greenhouse settings. To add to that, growers in New York may find it more difficult to obtain their preferred strawberry varieties in the coming years, as fewer nurseries are propagating strawberries. The solution: strawberry plug plants propagated from runners in a controlled environment such as a greenhouse or high tunnel.

Plug production of rarer varieties that do well in New York State will fetch a higher price than dormant bare-root plants due to the higher cost of production and lower availability in the Northeast, especially if plants are available in August.
Propagating Strawberry Plants Through Runners, written by Anya Osatuke of CCE Harvest NY and Brad Bergefurd of The Ohio State University, only discusses production and marketing potential of plug plants because successful field production of bare-root strawberries is very difficult to achieve without the use of highly restricted soil fumigants.