apple production

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

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.

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This intensive three-day course offers practical guidance on setting up and running an apple orchard business. The course includes guidance on both IPM and organic production methods as well as variety and root stock selection, planting schemes, pruning, business planning and management, and economic considerations.

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Acquired in 2018, the Center is the first USDA Certified Organic program in the University's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). The Center operates a certified organic heirloom fruit orchard. CALS partners with Idaho Extension to deliver educational programs in "organic and sustainable crop production, pest management and soil health management, native plant landscapes, horticulture, organic food processing and marketing, food safety and nutrition."

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