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Current Events

New England Grows! Boston, MA, February 4-6, 2015

New England Grows is renowned for its world-class education offerings and innovative trend spotting. Founded in 1993 by green industry professionals for green industry professionals, the educational conference and exposition gives participants unique access to targeted, industry-specific products, information, education and connections. The New England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals and Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association are the organization’s founding partners.

Please visit www.newenglandgrows.org for more information.

February Pest and Disease Workshops: February 7, 2015 & February 15, 2015

UConn Extension will offer two workshops on pests and diseases of vegetable crops this February. These workshops will cover common and important pests and diseases of four vegetable families: Cucurbitaceae (cucumber, squash, melon and pumpkin), Brassicaceae (cabbage family), Solanaceae (tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant), and Fabaceae (legumes/beans and peas). The emphasis will be on identification and an understanding of pest life cycles and disease cycles. 

Correct identification of a plant problem is essential for an organic and/or integrated pest management (IPM) approach to be successful. Cultural practices, the backbone of IPM and organic systems, rely on an understanding of the biology of the pest or pathogen. For selected pests and pathogens in each plant family, we’ll look at IPM programs in detail. An interactive on-farm workshop with a field walk will be held during summer 2015 at Community Farm of Simsbury. These workshops are suitable for new farmers, Master Gardeners, gardeners, and experienced farmers interested in a review. For more information and registration, go to: http://www.extension.uconn.edu/root/feb-veg-wkshp.php. Questions? Contact Joan Allen at joan.allen@uconn.edu or 860-486-6740.  

Vegetable Pest and Disease Workshop I: Cucurbits and Brassicas
Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Time: 8:30am to 1:00pm
Location: Litchfield County Extension Center, UConn Torrington campus

Vegetable Pest and Disease Workshop II: Solanaceae and Legumes
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Time: 8:30am to 1:00pm
Location: Tolland County Agricultural Center, Vernon, CT

20th Anniversary Perennial Plant Conference, University of Connecticut, Storrs, March 5, 2015

A conference for the Landscape and Horticultural Professional, presented by the Ornamental Plant Extension Team.

Early registration deadline: postmarked on on before February 26: $100 per person
Regular registration fee: postmarked after February 26 or for walk-ins: $110 per person
Registration Discount! Save $20 per person if registering groups of 3 or more together.

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Visit the 2015 Perennial Plant Conference website.

If you have questions about the conference, please contact Donna Ellis at 860-486-6448 or email: donna.ellis@uconn.edu.

2015 Garden Conference, University of Connecticut, Storrs, March 19, 2015

A conference for the home gardener, presented by the Ornamental Plant Extension Team and the UConn Home & Garden Education Center.

Pre-registration deadline: postmarked on or before March 12: $90 per person
Regular registration fee: postmarked after March 12 or for walk-ins: $100 per person
Registration Discount! Save $20 per person if registering groups of 3 or more together.

Visit the 2015 Garden Conference website.

If you have questions about the conference, please contact Joan Allen at 860-486-6740 or email: joan.allen@uconn.edu.

News

Congratulations Nathan Wojtyna!

PSLA undergraduate Nathan Wojtyna has been awarded funding through the UConn IDEA Grant Program coordinated by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). Nate will work on a project with Dr. Mark Brand (the 2014 CAHNR recipient for Excellence in Research) to address overcoming production hurdles of Aronia mitschurinii 'Viking'.

Scholarships Available through Farm Credit East

Farm Credit East awards up to thirty-one $1,500 scholarships to qualified students. The deadline to apply for the fall 2015 semester is April 3, 2015. For more information, click here for a brochure or visit the Farm Credit East website.

Congratulations Jessica Lubell! 

Dr. Jessica Lubell, faculty member in PSLA, was recently awarded the New England Nursery Association (NENA) Young Professional Award.

Naturally@UConn: Meet new faculty member Rosa Raudales

Rosa Raudales

UConn Landscape Architecture students featured in the Fall 2014 edition of the Connecticut Landscape Architect

Comprehensive Planning: Identifying Areas for Planned Development in Windham by NICK HIRTH  pg.16 

Systems Planning: A Bike Master Plan for Mansfield by MATT COSMA pp. 17-18 

The Regional Scale: Community Planning for Climate Change in Southeastern Connecticut by TYLER HOLMQUIST  pg.19

Congratulations Nicholas Tamburini!

Nicholas Tamburini, Double Major/Dual-Degree in Turfgrass and Soil Science and Civil Engineering, for his work at TPC River Highlands Club, was awarded one of four honorable mentions for the 2014 UConn Center for Career Development Intern of the Year.

UConn Sustainable Food & Environmental System Program Students Italy Blog

Peter Miniutti