Promoting IPM Strategies that Enhance Natural Enemies in Vegetable Gardens, 2012
Project Leaders: Lori Brewer, Senior Extension Associate, Department of Horticulture, and Steve Gabriel, Program Assistant, Department of Horticulture
Cooperators: Jason Dombroskie, Insect Diagnostic Lab, Entomology, Abby Seaman, NYSIPM, and Betsy Lamb, NYSIPM
CCE educators and Master Gardener Volunteers expressed a need for enhanced literacy in insect identification and resources to aid understanding and promotion of biological control strategies. We have begun a statewide educational campaign around the theme “Beneficial Insects” that would address this need and IPM priorities including: developing innovative educational materials inclusive of multiple media and languages in collaboration with Cornell experts and students; regional train-the-trainer workshops for county-based educators and volunteers; and support for CCE county programs to raise public awareness about beneficial insects and adoption of IPM strategies that enhance natural enemies in vegetable gardens.