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The primary audience for our Cornell Garden-Based Learning Program is our network of CCE educators. This page highlights established avenues for us to connect and collaborate with you on a regular basis. Check out the About tab for an additional overview of our mission, resources and team members.

Social Media
Email Lists
Program Work Teams
Regional Master Gardener Volunteer Programming
Emerging Statewide Projects
Educator and Volunteer Enrichment Offerings
About the Cornell Garden-Based Learning Team
Explore additional programs via Garden Education at Cornell

Looking for specific expertise?
Cornell SIPS – Faculty Extension and Outreach Directory
Cornell search
Research on gardening

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LibGuide: Find digital images

See the footer links to our Flickr page, Facebook and YouTube playlist.

Email Lists

There are hundreds of Cornell e-lists.  Learn more about Cornell e-lists.

The main one we administer is CCE-HORTDIAGNOSTIC-L <> (JOIN or LEAVE)

Cornell Cooperative Extension staff and Cornell University campus faculty and staff are invited to join the Horticulture Diagnostic listserv. We can only accommodate paid staff. Volunteers who are active in diagnosing must work through the supervising staff member. This list has been active for many years, using the experiences of many to try to efficiently identify puzzling plant material, insects and pests that come into their offices. This effort compliments that of the Cornell Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, the Cornell Insect Diagnostic Lab and the Bailey Hortorium.  We encourage you to send digital photos and detailed description. For example, include information about where the plant or insect was found, its size, key features such as leaf and bud arrangements, for plants, or mouth-part types, for insects. Clarify the symptoms, type and extent of damage suffered as well as a brief list of what resources you have been scouring to make your diagnosis. We encourage you to respond to postings if you can help with an answer or even supply another resource the person might check into. We are strict about keeping the e-list relevant.


Program Work Teams

PWT’s are groups of faculty and staff, extension educators, and external stakeholders who collaborate to identify issues, study needs, and create educational materials. Team members design learning experiences that address issues and needs within specific content areas. There are many program work teams. Cornell Garden-Based Learning is the campus co-chair for the Sustainable Landscape – Horticulture Program Work Team.

Sustainable Landscape – Horticulture PWT  fosters collaboration and communication among the CCE county and campus network of educators and program leaders to promote research-based educational approaches and environmental stewardship when creating, preserving and/or enhancing lawns, gardens and landscapes. This PWT hosts a number of activities for CCE county and campus educators and program leaders including the following:

  • email news updates
  • webinar recordings are available they are posted on our YouTube playlist
  • a CCE Horticulture Resource Sharing Library in Cornell Box (CCE staff contact Lori for your access)
  • additional campus events focused on linking county educators and campus experts from across the University around emerging issues related to horticulture, program planning and community engagement including Floriculture Field Days


Regional Master Gardener Volunteer Programming

See CCE MGV icon in side bar. That page links to preparation resources like Our CCE MGV Mission, Vision, Values (pdf) and old Master Gardener Volunteer manual. An updated learning library is currently in development.

Regional CCE educator work groups are meeting face-to-face regularly to discuss and coordinate programming with each other while also gaining a statewide/campus perspective. Get in touch to if you want us to become a part of a group you have established or if you want to work with us to create a group.

National Resources for Coordinators (pdf)

General Volunteer Program Resources:
CCE Volunteer Matters
National Resources for Coordinators
Certification in Volunteer Administration
Energize Inc


Statewide Project Highlights

Seed to Supper (S2S)- Currently piloting curriculum and implementing Engaged Cornell Grant.

Vegetable Variety Trial Gardens

A Low-Literacy Needs Assessment & Guidelines for Best Practices: How Do We Best Reach This Audience?– Currently implementing through a 2018-2019 NYS IPM Grant.

2018 Statewide Youth Development Project: What Can We Learn From Beans? Celebrating Diversity through Heirloom Beans and Paul Fleischman’s Seedfolks – The application deadline has passed. We are excited to have 25 participating groups from throughout New York State. Stay tuned for project updates and follow our Facebook page for photos!

Informational Flyer (pdf)
FAQs (pdf)
Impact Statement Template (doc)
Growing Guidelines (pdf)
How to Grow and Save Bean Seeds (pdf)
Teacher’s Guide to Seedfolks (pdf)
Additional Seedfolks Discussion Questions (pdf)





Educator and Volunteer Enrichment Offerings

Our Cornell Garden-Based Learning program offers professional enrichment programs for educators in New York State. Workshops are developed in collaboration with a county-based CCE educators, volunteers and partnering garden-based learning stakeholders and each is designed specifically to meet real garden-based learning program needs.

These workshops may range considerably, from two hours, to half and full-day interactive sessions including topics such as, but not limited to:

  • garden-based learning principles and practices;
  • ecological gardening techniques;
  • advancing human, youth and community development with the garden as a springboard;
  • program development, organization, and expansion;
  • tips for raising funds and sustaining garden programs;
  • the basics of garden design;
  • compost and healthy soils;
  • leading programs effectively;
  • interdisciplinary connections, such as how the garden enlivens education from math and science to nature awareness and nutrition;
  • integrating garden-based curricula into schools and other settings;
  • and how to integrate program assessment and evaluation throughout your work.

Quotes from previous workshop participants~

I came away feeling inspired and rejuvenated with lots of great information and some new connections. More than I could have expected!

I had a lot of ‘aha’ moments, I was so engaged throughout the whole workshop.

Very fruitful, a must attend!

Great presenters, awesome programs, I can’t wait to see how to fit aspects into our community.

Interested in hosting a workshop?

Our CGBL educator enrichment specialist collaborates with educators in New York State to host and facilitate workshops. Partners may include Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) County offices and the non-profits or community organizations in their communities.

Objectives for educator enrichment may include and are not limited to:

  • Promoting CGBL garden-based learning resources with a positive human, youth and community development focus.
  • Fostering among educators and volunteers an ability to: integrate garden education into their scope of work; help to ensure that gardens projects are successful and sustainable; and grow garden-based leadership in all regions of New York State.
  • Assisting educators as they promote the garden as an avenue to growing in diverse life skills, experiences and community leadership.
  • Guiding educators and volunteers as they learn about how to be most effective, adhere to their program vision, and assess whether they are reaching their program goals.
  • Growing robust community partnerships, coalition building, and linkages to other programs.

To collaborate, email Fiona Doherty,

Downloadable pdf about Educator and Volunteer Enrichment Offerings.

About the Cornell Garden-Based Learning Team
  • Marcia Eames-Sheavly is the Children and Youth Program Leader for Cornell Garden-Based Learning. 
  • Lori Brewer is the Adult and Peer Education Program Leader for Cornell Garden-Based Learning.
  • Fiona Doherty is the Cornell Garden-Based Learning Educator Enrichment Specialist. Fiona’s background is in both nutrition and garden-based education, and she brings a passion for food gardening in particular to educator enrichment.  Her focus is on youth and community development in the garden setting. Please contact Fiona with general garden-based learning questions including curriculum and program development, program organization, and how to integrate our numerous resources into programs. Fiona is also the contact for educator enrichment opportunities focused on youth programming for Extension Educators and Master Gardener Volunteers throughout New York State.


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