National Farm to School launches first-ever evaluation framework

On Tuesday, the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) launched a pioneering and highly anticipated new resource, Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School. In less than a decade, farm to school has expanded from a handful of programs to a full-fledged, thriving, grassroots-led movement in all 50 states and […]


NY Urban Forestry Connections

Is your New York community engaging in or interested in learning more about urban forestry education or planning? Are you connected with the New York State Urban Forestry Council? The council is a volunteer group, organized formally in 1999, to advise and assist the NYS Department of Conservation (DEC) in executing its Urban and Community Forestry policies. […]


Vegetable varieties worth considering

May is an optimistic month for NYS vegetable gardeners. We might be fortunate enough to be harvesting some cool season crops while we hope the last frost has come so we might sneak a few more growing days for our warm season crops. Moreover, there are nurseries and local plant sale overflowing with inspiring possibilities […]


Online botanical illustration courses start June 2

Posted by cdc25 in Distance learning Learn botanical illustration online.  Three courses taught by Marcia Eames-Sheavly start June 2, 2014: Basic Drawing Techniques Working with watercolor Advanced Techniques You can view works by students in previous classes on display in the cases in the west wing of the first floor of Plant Science Building. The course webpages also have links […]

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Unsightly Appearance on Gourds? No Problem!

Last year, here in Cornell Garden-Based Learning, we grew a plethora of gourds for harvest for gourd craft. Frankly, we can’t get enough of them — they are beautiful, interesting to work with, there are diverse varieties, and you can get fantastic results, such as the bowls you can see in this Hort 2010: Art of Horticulture class pic. […]


NYS Garden Educator E-List – Join Today!

JOIN the NYS Garden Educator Network E-List! Cornell Garden-Based Learning has just launched a new E-List for New York State garden educators, teachers who work with school gardens, volunteers, and anybody who engages in (or wants to) gardening programs with youth or adults. We heard from garden educators statewide that there is a desire for […]

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Marcia Eames-Sheavly receives Society’s Teaching Award

American Horticultural Society (AHS) has recognized Senior Extension Associate and Senior Lecturer Marcia Eames-Sheavly as a recipient of the Society’s Teaching Award as part of its 2014 Great American Gardeners Awards. AHS cited Eames-Sheavly’s coordination of landscape art projects such as sod couches, sod statues and a bulb labyrinth. She also developed the course Experiential Garden-Based […]

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New maple syrup lessons from AITC

Exciting news! The Western New York Maple Producers Association and NYS Agriculture in the Classroom is proud to present their new maple syrup production lessons for use in your classroom. Integrate the ideas and concepts of maple syrup production in the context of social studies, mathematics, ELA, and science. Through this curriculum, your students will […]


ROOTED Art Installation: Video

ROOTED is a living community art installation that celebrates the diversity of ways people on campus stay rooted in their lives and in the community. Student and faculty volunteers planted 13,000 flower bulbs in 350 pots and moved them to Libe Slope below McGraw clock tower to spell the word, “ROOTED,” in 10-foot-tall letters. The […]

Winter reflections as we hope for spring

While we sit wrapped in winter clothes looking out the window for any sign of spring, here is some food for thought. 2014 is shaping up to be one of the warmest years on record globally. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that January 2014 was the 4th warmest years on record. Alaska […]


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