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COVID-19 resources for growers, gardeners, green industry professionals and educators

Outreach from School of Integrative Plant Sciences and others to help the growers, green industry professionals and others we serve cope with COVID-19 pandemic.

Cornell Small Farms Program: Building Farm Resilience During COVID-19 - These resources offer support on the various aspects of farming during a crisis, with a focus on the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development: COVID-19 resources - Managing workforce issues in time of crisis including webinar COVID-19 and Your Produce Farm webinar.

Turf webinars - In response to COVID-19 emergency, the Cornell Turfgrass program is taking their outreach online via Zoom with three webinars a week targeted at golf turf, sports turf and lawn and landscape professionals.

Webinar: Best Management Practices for COVID-19 Safety in Greenhouses & Nurseries [May 14, 2020: Video Presentation .pdf] and earlier webinar, ‚ÄčDealing with COVID-19 for NYS Greenhouses. See also Ornamental Crops IPM Blog.

Gardening resources - In response to the surge in interest in vegetable gardening, the JUST  PLANT IT, NY! campaign is making free and available to the public resources from the CCE Master Gardener Volunteer program and Cornell Garden-Based Learning program for new vegetable gardeners. Horticulture Section chair Steve Reiners offers a weekly column with timely advice for both new and experience gardeners to supplement information on the Cornell Garden-Based Learning website. 

Safe Soils for Urban Gardening - In urban soils, contaminants may pose a safety hazard if they attach to vegetables or accumulate in plant tissues and are then consumed by people. The Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities program provides resources to minimize risk from soil contaminants.

Composting webinars - U.S. composting Council address composting concerns in light of COVID-19. Jean Bonhotal, Soil and Crop Sciences Section is featured in the webinar series.

Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program - Virtual ‘Office Hours’ for Commercial Vegetable Growers.  Questions? Get live answers every Thursday Night, 7-8 p.m.  Dynamic troubleshooting with CCE specialists and quality, farmer-driven production conversations. Photo diagnostics/ID lessons. Zoom link,  or phone 646-518-9805, meeting ID: 450 507 028. Email photos and questions before each meeting to:
New: Virtual ‘Office Hours’ for Commercial Berry Growers, Thursdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Zoom link

Hard cider program virtual office hours - Thursday, April 23 from 4-5 PM EDT. Check Hard Cider Events feed for more dates.

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