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April 2023

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

April 1, 2023
10:30 am - 12 noon
New York, NY

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.

2023 Hudson Valley Farming Series Field Day: Floodplain Benches on the Wallkill River in Orange Co.

April 7, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Westtown, NY

Restored floodplains limit the amount of flooding after extreme storms. Join Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District and CCE Orange County to see a restored floodplain along the Wallkill River.

2023 Hudson Valley Farming Series Field Day: Riparian Buffers in Action

April 14, 2023
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Acra, NY

This workshop will combine an indoor classroom presentation along with a tour on a nearby farm to help participants understand the benefits of incorporating diversified agroforestry systems with an eye for resilience. During this offering, participants will learn how these types of buffers intentionally combine water quality protection with sustainable food and forest production. Presenters will touch on a variety of topics including basic stream function, buffer assessment and establishment, species selection, and marketing using our newly developed Multifunctional Riparian Buffer Guide. Join us to understand ways to incorporate native, perennial, and beneficial species into fruitful buffer systems that promote freshwater ecosystems.

Building Pollinator Habitats as Integrated Pest Management

April 25, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Staten Island, NY

Building Pollinator Habitats as Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) uses a variety of ecologically-minded techniques and approaches for the long-term management of pests. In this workshop we'll explore building beneficial insect habitats as an IPM strategy. Participants will learn what to plant, how to design their pollinator habitats, and how to maintain and troubleshoot the pollinator habitat within an IPM framework.

May 2023

2023 Spring Urban Agriculture Conference

May 6, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm; doors open at 9:00 am
Rochester, NY

2023 Spring Urban Agriculture Conference
Join us for a day of workshops (including a rain barrel workshop), panel discussions, and tabling by local organizations and businesses. The keynote speaker is Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm. CCE Monroe County Master Gardeners will be conducting complimentary soil testing (texture/pH) for those interested. All individuals, groups, and skill levels are welcome!

Water Access for a Hydrated Garden

May 11, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Water Access for a Hydrated Garden
Learn how to keep your garden well hydrated in the hot summer months and all year round in this FREE lunchtime online workshop! Come with your burning questions about how to construct and get approvals for rainwater harvesting structures, how to access a fire hydrant, and all things water access.

Tree Fruit and Small Fruit Twilight Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

May 25, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lockport, NY

Tree Fruit and Small Fruit Twilight Meeting
Join Specialists Janet Van Zoeren (tree fruit), Anya Osatuke (small fruit), and Anna Wallis (fruit IPM) for a conversation about fruit and berry phenology and pest management. This meeting will examine seasonal changes in tree fruit and berry crops, demonstrate scouting techniques, and discuss integrative pest management solutions to maximize the health and productivity of berry and fruit plantings. Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures or descriptions of pests they are concerned about on their farm.

1.5 DEC credits will be offered in categories 1a, 10, and 22. 

June 2023

Herbs in Context at River Garden

June 13, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Herbs have rich histories and are connected to cultural practices. In this workshop, participants will gain an introduction to ethnobotany and discuss ways to plan an herb garden that is culturally relevant to a community. Herb lovers of all experience levels welcome! 

Soil Biology Field Day

June 28, 2023
3:00 - 6:00 pm EDT
New York, NY

Soil Biology Field Day
Join us for a hands-on afternoon all about life in the soil, from microbes to mollusks. We'll cover new research on the microbiomes of urban ag soils; pests, beneficial insects, and other arthropods in the soil; strategies to support healthy soil biology on urban farms; biological amendments, with an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi demonstration; and a wine cap mushroom inoculation demo.

Upcoming Events

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. 


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.