2014 Funded Partnership Projects to Target Invasives, Reach Latinos
In 2014, the Northeastern IPM Center awarded $300,000 for research and outreach through IPM Partnership Grants, a competitive program supported by funds from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The projects include efforts to stop invasive insects, increase IPM knowledge among Latinos in urban and agricultural settings, and alleviate food deserts. The projects:
Rajotte aims to increase IPM knowledge among Spanish-speaking members of the mushroom farm community.
The invasive spotted-wing drosophila (SWD) continues to be a serious threat to fruit crops in the Northeast. This working group will keep northeastern fruit growers informed about SWD risk and the latest management tactics.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) IPM Working Group will coordinate regional BMSB efforts against the invasive pest, conduct an identification clinic, and collaborate with companies to improve monitoring tools.
Garling will reach urban Latino communities in the Northeast with culturally-relevant education about preventing rats, mice, cockroaches, and bed bugs.
The organizers of this project plan to help new growers, mostly immigrants, refugees, and beginning small-scale urban farmers, who want to expand production, improve crop quality, and grow sales of IPM-produced crops. They also will help growers bring their produce to low-income urban markets.
Sandler will translate and promote a weed identification guide, Guide d’identification des mauvaises herbes de la canneberges, originally published in Quebec, Canada. No comparable cranberry weed guide available in English covers the breadth of information found in this French guide.
Hazelrigg will teach pest and disease identification and successful IPM strategies for small fruit and diversified vegetable farms. They will visit a small fruit propagation facility in Quebec, Canada and look at new and innovative growing systems that may be adapted for northeastern growers.
Campbell-Nelson will organize a scouting and pest advisory network tailored to the New England climate and seasons, providing growers with local and regional pest advisories.
The Urban Agriculture and IPM training project will train Hispanic adults in IPM and organic food production and entrepreneurship. They’ll supply fresh food locally to food deserts in Fairfield County, Connecticut, home to Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, and Danbury.
This working group will collaborate on methods to protect pollinator habitat in northern New England. They plan to protect existing habitat on farms, roadsides, and natural areas, and plant new flowers that are beneficial to pollinators.
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