Posts by Stephen Stresow

Stephen is a junior in CALS studying Plant Sciences with a concentration in Organic Agriculture and minors in Soil Science and Crop Management. He managed a vegetable garden as a Master Gardener in high school and has now scaled up that passion to sustainable vegetable production on small-scale farms. He is interested in improving agroecological practices and making them more accessible to farmers with the overarching goal of creating a more resilient food system. After a primarily virtual semester, Stephen is excited to get his hands dirty at the Research Farm this summer!
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Seed Catalog Created Specifically for New Yorkers

By Stephen Stresow / April 26, 2023

Wondering what to grow in your garden? Now you can consult Cornell’s Community Science Catalog As they anxiously await the upcoming growing season (and warmer weather), many farmers and gardeners browse through seed catalogs to decide what to plant. A single catalog or garden center seed stand can have hundreds of varieties for growers to…

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Tarps, Mulch, and Timing: No-Till Tools to Rob the Weed Seedbank

By Stephen Stresow / April 3, 2023

Research shows how the legacy of tarping and mulching can lead to fewer weeds in no–till vegetables. By Stephen Stresow and Ryan Maher The Woes of Weeding  One of the persistent challenges for organic vegetable farmers is managing weeds.  These floral foes emerge each season from the weed seedbank–a collection of all the weed seeds…

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In the News: Small Farms Intern Featured in Extension Out Loud Podcast

By Stephen Stresow / March 13, 2023

In the latest episode of “Extension Out Loud,” a podcast by Cornell Cooperative Extension, one of the Cornell Small Farms Program’s interns, Stephen Stresow, shared his expertise about selecting, sowing, and saving seeds by helping listeners navigate the multitude of terms on seed packets and catalogs.   After a hiatus in 2022, this was the first…

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The Empire (State) Strikes Back: Expo Recordings Now Available

By Stephen Stresow / March 10, 2022

Pass the time waiting for winter to turn to spring with new educational videos. Recordings from the 2022 Empire State Producers Expo are now available on the Cornell School of Integrative Plant Science’s YouTube page. The annual conference is organized by the New York State Vegetable Growers Association and Cornell Cooperative Extension and, due to…

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Learn About Tarping on Northeast Farms with New Guide

By Stephen Stresow / February 23, 2022

Are you curious about how tarps work? Want to learn from successful practices as well as the challenges and shortcomings? Our Reduced Tillage project is happy to share a new publication, “Tarping in the Northeast: A Guide for Small Farms,” that provides comprehensive information on the emerging practice of tarping — applying reusable tarps to…

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Shepherding the Sun: Grazing Sheep Under Solar Arrays

By Stephen Stresow / October 20, 2021

Sunlight is a precious resource in Central New York and a new collaboration between farmers and Cornell is looking at ways to harness it using technology that truly puts the soft in software: sheep. Thousands of acres in New York are being turned into solar farms and many fear that this will displace agricultural land.…

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In the News: Our Agroforestry Educator Featured in “Sweet Talk” Podcast

By Stephen Stresow / September 20, 2021

In the latest episode of “Sweet Talk: All Things Maple,” a podcast by the Cornell Maple Program, the Cornell Small Farms Program’s specialty mushroom and agroforestry extension specialist, Steve Gabriel, shared his expertise on diversifying maple production through forest farming.  This was the eighth episode of the podcast, which focuses on the latest research, news,…

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Fighting Feces with Fire: Research Shows How to Transform Manure into Dry Fertilizer

By Stephen Stresow / September 6, 2021

Managing cow manure has historically been a hassle for farmers, but new research shows how it can be transformed into valuable dry fertilizer.  By using a process called pyrolysis, which “burns” organic matter at temperatures of 700 to 1,200 degrees F without oxygen, researchers from Cornell and Bio365 found that the nutrients from manure can…

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