Cornell University manages research farms, orchards, greenhouses, and other facilities dedicated to sustainable agriculture and to organic research. Research programs focus on: organic vegetable production; weed and crop management, organic production systems and breeding and variety testing; organic grain trials; pest management; vegetable pest and crop management systems; organic greenhouse production; organic grape production; and organic apple production.
This intensive three-day course offers practical guidance on setting up and running an apple orchard business. The school includes guidance on both IPM and organic production methods as well as variety and root stock selection, planting schemes, pruning, marketing options, and economic considerations. Taught by experienced growers.
Acquired in 2018, the Center will be the first at the University to focus on organic farming and organic -certified production systems. The Center "will offer educational programs in organic and sustainalbe agriculture production. Public programs are expected to focus on biological control, pollinators, soil health, native plant landscaping, horticulture organic food processing and marketing, food safety and nutrition." The center includes a certified organic heirloom fruit orchard and produces 68 varieties or apples, eight varieties or pears and eight other types of fruit."