Essentially CALS: Diane Mays
Conservatory Curator Diane Mays is extremely talented and knowledgeable about plant care and plant propagation. We caught up with her to learn a little bit about maintaining the conservatory during this unusual time.
Ivy – Strengthening the HortPack through Competition
Lee Ivy is connecting North Carolina landscape professionals with students through high school and collegiate competitions. On Friday through Saturday, Feb. 27-28, NC State will host the inaugural North Carolina High School Landscape Competition (NCHSLC). In March, the HortPack team will compete again in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition.
Agroecology Students Build Sustainable Food Forest
The Agroecology Education Farm at NC State has an exciting new project taking root, which will offer long-term opportunities for students and the NC State community to learn about the sustainable cultivation of fruit.
Gardens Teach Life Skills to Youth
Extension Master Gardener volunteers share research-based information and promote sustainable gardening practices through community projects across North Carolina. Their work in Cabarrus County is making an impact on students at the Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center in Concord, NC, a residential juvenile correction facility for young men 12-21 years of age.
A Sweet (Potato) Success Story for North Carolina
If you’ve enjoyed a silky, savory sweet potato during the last 40 years or so, chances are good that it was grown in North Carolina, where roughly 70% of all sweet potatoes in the U.S. are produced.
Keep Your Cut Flowers Fresh for Longer
There’s something about fresh flowers that makes any occasion or setting more special. Sure, they brighten up the space and provide a pleasing aroma, but that’s just the tip of the tulip. The beauty and healing energy of live flowers cross cultural boundaries and speak to all of us.
EMGV Making a Difference: Community Gardens Connect, Teach and Feed Us
Each year, NC State Extension Master Gardener℠ (EMG) volunteers share research-based information and promote sustainable gardening practices through community projects across North Carolina. Their work in Caldwell County is making an impact: helping us all eat (and enjoy!) more homegrown vegetables.
Better Berries? Coming Up!
Three CALS scientists have won a four-year U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to improve blueberries and cranberries based on producer and consumer interests. The VacciniumCAP project leverages genetic & genomic resources to enable the development of blueberry and cranberry cultivars with improved fruit quality attributes.
Wehners Establish Fellowship Endowment
Todd and DelMarie Wehner recently created the Wehner Horticulture Fellowship Endowment to assist NC State University graduate students interested in horticulture studies. The Wehners said they benefited from university training and careers, and they want to pay those benefits forward to future horticulturists.
Stevia and Organic Agriculture Assistantships
Competitive assistantships are available in the Department of Horticultural Science program areas of research for outstanding candidates to a thesis-based master’s and doctoral programs.