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UMass Amherst: Our Not So Secret Gardens
UMass Amherst Demonstration Gardens
Aug 27, 2013

A stunning floral display is ready for your viewing pleasure: the UMass Amherst Demonstration Gardens in front of Durfee Conservatory. This garden features several new annual plant cultivars recently introduced by plant breeders. The gardens are intended for observation of new plants under local growing conditions followed by reporting back to the breeders.

Master Plan Update for UMass Amherst Agricultural Learning Center
View of ALC from North Pleasant Street
Aug 14, 2013

Master Plan Update for UMass Amherst Agricultural Learning Center

It all starts with a vision.

Several years ago, Dr. Stephen Herbert, Director of the UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, began considering how to create a place for students interested in agriculture to “learn by doing” in a living outdoor laboratory. As the new ALC gains momentum, the university’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) has contributed by developing a Master Plan for the Learning Center.

Hero of the Bogs Retires
Frank Caruso with Ocean Spray actors
Jul 11, 2013

For the last thirty years or so, Frank Caruso has been the “go-to” guy for disease problems with the plants in your bogs, if you are one of those who farm the state berry of the Commonwealth. Last week, Dr. Caruso retired as Plant Pathologist with the UMass Cranberry Station in East Wareham. As late as his final days on the job, he was out in the bogs, looking at...

Learning by Doing: Summer Internships at the Agricultural Learning Center
Cassie Sefton, UMass student intern plants urban garden at ALC
Jul 9, 2013

With memories of the April groundbreaking ceremony still in mind, the stakes are (literally) in the ground as farm work gets underway at the new Agricultural Learning Center (ALC) at the north edge of the Amherst campus. The purpose of the ALC is to train the next generation of farmers and other agricultural entrepreneurs by using a hands-on approach: translating classroom knowledge into practical experience in the fields.

Dr. Haim Gunner discovers and develops microorganism to protect plants
Dr. Haim Gunner discovers and develops microorganism to protect plants
May 29, 2013

Microbiologist, Dr. Haim Gunner, professor emeritus at UMass Amherst has discovered and developed a microorganism that naturally combats fungus as part of an eco-management approach to plant disease protection.

Groundbreaking Held for New University Ag Facility
Officials Break Ground for Agricultural Learning Center
Apr 30, 2013

Against the backdrop of a picture perfect spring day, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for UMass Amherst’s new Agricultural Learning Center on April 25 on the former Adams-Wysocki field at the north end of the campus.  The guests included farmers, students, university officials, legislative representatives, neighbors, current and former staff and agricultural dignitaries.

Center for Agriculture celebrates 150 years of agriculture
Apr 20, 2013

AG-150 logo

As part of the UMass Amherst Sesquicentennial, CNS and the Center for Agriculture are co-hosting a Celebration of Agriculture day on Thursday, April 25. CNS carries forward the national land-grant university tradition of agricultural research and education that began with the creation of Massachusetts Agricultural College on April 29, 1863.

More Crop Per Drop…
Dr. Daniel Hillel
Apr 2, 2013

Former faculty member wins World Food Prize

The World Food Prize, often referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize for Agriculture’ was awarded to Dr. Daniel Hillel in 2012. Dr. Hillel was a professor of soil physics at UMass Amherst from 1977 to 1993.

Massachusetts Cranberry Harvest Strong in Challenging Year
Corraling cranberry harvest
Jan 5, 2013

With this year’s final crop totals still being tallied, Massachusetts cranberry growers estimate they have harvested around two million barrels of fruit.

Learning the Science of Sustainable Vegetable Production
Nov 16, 2012

This fall, beginning farmers and established growers from across the state have gone back to school to learn the science of sustainable vegetable production.


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