It's a rarity you get to celebrate 125 years of anything. And that's why the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., is throwing a party on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event celebrates the 125th anniversary of research and education at the station.
The Geneva station has gained national prominence as a development center focusing on the production, protection and utilization of fruit and vegetable crops. It became affiliated with Cornell University in 1923.
The celebration is free and open to the public. The official welcome takes place on the lawn of Parrott Hall at 11 a.m.
"Everyone is welcome to come and participate in the celebration," says Station director Thomas J. Burr. "The Experiment Station was established to promote agriculture in New York through scientific investigation. We have been working to do just that in New York ever since we first officially opened our doors in 1882."
Cornell scientists will stage interactive exhibits and conduct field tours of cutting-edge research and outreach showing how their work impacts agriculture, food, and bio-based industries in New York.
The Open House will include exhibits from the departments of horticultural sciences, entomology, plant pathology, and food science and technology. Other partners include the USDA-ARS, the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park, NYS Ag & Markets, the NYS Farm Bureau, the NYS Seed Laboratory, Integrated Pest Management, the NYS Wine & Grape Foundation, the Strong Museum, and others.
Visitors will be able to sample and purchase a wide variety of food and beverages from local growers and producers benefiting from the food science research and technology. These include Greenfield's Food Company, Tassleberry Gourmet Foods, Hill'n'Hollow, Leachy's Super Sauce, Allen's Hill Farm, Martin's Kitchen, Merle Maple Farm, Miss Betty's Down Home Sauce, Murphy Orchards, Red Jacket Orchards, Nunda Mustard/ Golden Oaks Foods, Partyka Farms, Pedersen Farms, Inc., Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese, Sacheli's Franjo Foods & Farms, LLC, RH Rhodes & Sons, Inc., Finger Lakes Black Currants, Nordic Farms, CherryPharm and others.
For more information, look for a special section in the September 9th edition of the Finger Lakes Times, or visit www.nysaes.cornell.edu.