Specialists

The Harvest New York Specialists cover multiple regions within New York State. The Specialists work in close consultation with Cornell faculty members, local and regional Extension staff, and grower groups, bringing new information and resources to areas with growth potential.


Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Urban Agriculture Specialist

Areas of Interest: Urban Agriculture, IPM, Soil Management

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Kristy Apostolides

Kristy Apostolides

Farm to School Coordinator, Lower Hudson Valley

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Cheryl Bilinski

Cheryl Bilinski

Local Food Systems Specialist, Farm to School Lead

Areas of Interest: Farm to Institution, Supply Chain Development, Farm-Based Beverages

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Amy Bly

Amy Bly

Farm to School Coordinator, Long Island

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Lizzy Cooper

Lizzy Cooper

Farm to School Coordinator, Central NY

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Meghan Dohman

Meghan Dohman

Farm to School Coordinator, Northern NY

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Makela Elvy

Makela Elvy

Urban Gardens Specialist

Areas of Interest: Composting, Soil Health, NYC Community Gardens

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Yolanda Gonzalez

Yolanda Gonzalez

Urban Agriculture Specialist

Areas of Interest: Urban Agriculture, Marketing

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Mallory Hohl

Mallory Hohl

Urban Gardens Specialist

Areas of Interest: Nutrition, Farm to School Initiatives, Youth Engagement, Local Food Systems, WNY Urban Gardens

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Kwesi Joseph

Kwesi Joseph

Urban Gardens Specialist

Areas of Interest: NYC Urban Gardening, Cover Crops, Compost Management, IPM

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Kyle Karnuta

Kyle Karnuta

Urban Ag Curriculum Development Specialist

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Michael Kincaid

Michael Kincaid

Urban Agriculture Educator and Farm Manager

Areas of Interest: Urban Agriculture, Soil Health, Local Food Systems

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Becky O'Connor

Becky O'Connor

Farm to School Coordinator, WNY & Finger Lakes

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Kitty O'Neil

Kitty O'Neil

Ag Climate Resiliency Specialist

Areas of Interest: soil health

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Anya Osatuke

Anya Osatuke

WNY Small Fruit Specialist

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Lindsey Pashow

Lindsey Pashow

Ag Business Development & Marketing Specialist

Areas of Interest: Agritourism, Marketing, Craft Beverage Industry, Produce Auctions

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Judson Reid

Judson Reid

Extension Vegetable Specialist, Team Leader

Areas of Interest: Greenhouse Production, Small Farming Operations, Produce Auctions

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Katie Sheehan-Lopez

Katie Sheehan-Lopez

Farm to School Coordinator, Upper Hudson Valley

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Savanna Shelnutt

Savanna Shelnutt

Ag Climate Resiliency Specialist

Areas of Interest: integrated grazing systems and soil carbon sequestration

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Precious Tshabalala

Precious Tshabalala

Food Systems Specialist

Areas of Interest: Local Food Procurement and Distribution

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Daniela Vergara

Daniela Vergara

Emerging Crops Specialist

Areas of Interest: Hemp, Hops, New Crops to NYS

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Sara Jean (SJ) Whelan

Sara Jean (SJ) Whelan

Farm to School Coordinator, New York City

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Upcoming Events

Log Inoculation Party

April 28, 2024
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
New York, NY

Join us for a log inoculation party and Community Mushroom Educator (CME) reunion at the Randall's Island Urban Farm with past and prospective CMEs. We will be inoculating local tree species with shiitake and oyster spawn as part of a larger research project with the Randall's Island Park Alliance Urban Farm and Cornell Cooperative Extension. 

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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.