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Current Events

Field Trip to Coventry Farmers Market

FREE for all interested students
Sunday, September 13, 2015
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Transportation provided: pick-up from the Horsebarn Hill Polo Arena parking lot

Interested in local agriculture and organic food? Then this might be the trip for you! All students invited – bring a friend! Local food, live music, and no cost! See and taste a display of ‘Controversial Condiments’ made from local produce.

Come join students in Dr. Gerry Berkowitz’s organic vegetable production course as we go on a pleasant and relaxing visit to one of the best Farmers Markets in all of New England. The Coventry Farmers Market won an award as ‘best farmers market’ in New England several years ago. Talk to local growers, learn how cheese, wine, and fresh pasta are prepared, and purchase some goodies to bring home, including a bountiful range of fresh vegetables and unique prepared foods.

This Farmers Market has been cited as “One of the top ten things to do in New England this weekend” by The Boston Globe, “America’s Most Celebrated Farmers’ Market” by American Farmland Trust, “New England’s BEST Farmers’ Market” by Yankeee Magazine AND selected as one of USA Today’s “Top 10 great places to shop at a farmers market!”

The market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry, Connecticut.

Questions? Contact Dr. Gerry Berkowitz at gerald.berkowitz@uconn.edu or 860-486-1945.

School IPM Workshop

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
UConn Research and Education Facilities, Storrs, CT
Click here for program information and click here to register online.

UConn 2015 Master Composter Program

The UConn Master Composter Program is now accepting applications for its fall 2015 program. The training program consists of 4 weekday evening classes and 2 Saturday classes/fieldtrips. After the training, participants are expected to engage in volunteer outreach activities with the goal of encouraging fellow citizens to recycle food and yard wastes through composting. Starting Oct. 6, 2015 at the Middlesex County Cooperative Extension Center in Haddam.  More information and brochure with registration form and fee at www.ladybug.uconn.edu. Limited to 20 students.

Contact: Dawn Pettinelli
(860) 486-4274


Naturally@UConn: Meet staff member Steve Olsen

PSLA Research Farm Manager Steve Olsen

Naturally@UConn: Plants have stem cells, too: Cutting-edge research from CAHNR Plant Scientist

Dr. Huanzhong Wang

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Connecticut Horticulture Society Scholarship Recipients!

Kamil Jablonowski, Horticulture senior
Dawn Smith, Horticulture junior
Austin Vitelli, Horticulture senior

UConn Home & Garden Education Center

Tomato and potato growers and gardeners: Protect your crops NOW from late blight infection. The disease has been reported in Litchfield County, Connecticut on July 18, 2015. With moist weather conditions the pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, will sporulate prolifically and spread rapidly on wind currents. Fungicide products can be applied preventively to protect plants. Active ingredients to look for include chlorothalonil, maneb, mancozeb, and copper formulations. Organic growers can use copper formulations. Symptoms of late blight include large brown leaf lesions, dark brown stem lesions, and brown, bumpy and firm lesions on fruits. During humid or wet weather, white sporulation will be visible within the lesions. Infected plant parts or plants should be removed and disposed of. Bag and place in the trash or bury about a foot deep. More information and photos are available in the fact sheet at this website.

Contact: Joan Allen
UConn Plant Diagnostic Lab
(877) 486-6271

Invasive Plants in the News - Donna Ellis

Giant Hogweed, WFSB Eyewitness News, Channel 3, 6:00 p.m., July 17, 2015

Mile-a-minute Weed Biological Control, NBC Connecticut, Channel 4, 5:30 p.m., July 16, 2015 

Biological Predators Being Used to Attack Invasive Species Across Connecticut, Hartford Courant, Front page of the Sunday, July 12, 2015 edition

Naturally@UConn: Meet staff member Nick Pettit

Plant Growth Facilities Manager Nick Pettit

Naturally@UConn: Workshop showcases Japanese beetle biocontrol

Dr. Ana Legrand

Naturally@UConn: Meet alumnus James Gagliardi

James Gagliardi