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    Farm to Table Adventure & Tour Oct. 11: Join us for a day-long tour of farms, orchards, and brewers to get up close and personal with farmers and producers. See details below.

    Save the Dates! Zinck's Night, Thursday, Oct. 19.
    Annual Cornell-Penn Luncheon, Monday, Nov. 20, with featured Penn speaker Dr. Robert Kurzban, who will speak about his most recent book, The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind: How Self-Interest Shapes Our Opinions and Why We Won't Admit It. Dr. Kurzban will explore how self-interest divides the public on many hot-button issues.

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From Farm to Table Adventure
Wed., Oct. 11, 8 AM to 5:30 PM

Join us for our first tour of prominent farms and agribusiness operations in the Rochester area! On this excursion, you will have a unique opportunity to meet the farmers and producers and get a behind-the-scenes look at the various facets of local agriculture. Whether it is history, economics, technology, horticulture and agronomy, or food and beverages that tickle your fancy, this tour has it all!

Come and join us for some treats, a delicious lunch, and locally made craft beers.

The Cornell Club, in collaboration with Cornell's Cooperative Extension (CCE) and support from the CALS Alumni Association, is offering you this chance to hear about the latest technologies used in this fascinating industry, including state-of-the-art high-density apple orchards and a respected purveyor of seeds, plants and equipment since 1879. You will also be able to gain a better understanding of the roles Cornell University plays in supporting upstate New York's agribusiness and its significance in the state economy.

Tour includes:

  • Comfortable ride in air-conditioned coach starting and ending at the Rochester Public Market. Coffee and rolls start our adventure.
  • Commentary and Q&A session provided by CCE Agricultural Educator Jarmila Haseler to enhance your learning experience as we journey from stop to stop.
  • Zingler Farms Tour: A 580-acre fruit farm on the shores of Lake Ontario that produces apples, peaches, nectarines, apricots, and other fruits.
  • Camman Acres Tour: A family-run poultry farm that features pasture-raised chickens free of hormones, antibiotics, and GMO feed.
  • Lunch at Hurd Orchards: Celebrating the history and love of the apple, a chef's sampler of some favorite American apple dessert recipes will accompany a seasonal salad and rich fall soup. Owners Sue and Amy Machamer will join us to share the multi-generational history of this family-owned farming enterprise.
  • Harris Seed Tour: This venerable Rochester company, which has supplied the finest quality seeds, plants and equipment to growers and hardeners for the past 138 years, will offer a chance to see seed viability test labs, packaging warehouse and live-seeds cold storage room.
  • Rohrbach Brewing Company Tour & Tasting: Rochester’s original craft brewery was founded in 1991.

Due to coach and dining capacity limits, the tour is open only to the first 39 registrants. Cost is $50 per person. The registration and prepay deadline is Sept. 24. As each visit may require 30 to 45 minutes of standing or walking, the tour may not be appropriate for people with mobility limitations. Note: Pioneer Malting withdrew due to an equipment installation conflict.

Contact John Bruns.

Volunteers Always Needed

Did you know that all alumni in the Rochester area are automatically members of the Rochester Cornell Club? No dues required.

We invite you to come to our events, join a committee, propose ways the Club can do a better job, or volunteer to help. Specifically, these committees need members:

  • Scholarship: A new committee to administer our annual scholarship program for area Cornell applicants
  • Finance: To oversee scholarship fund investments
  • Programming: To help plan events

If you like speaking to CU applicants, consider joining the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network. CAAAN members contact local candidates who have applied to Cornell, to answer their questions about attending Cornell. We have hundreds of applicants in our area, many of whom go unassigned. To learn about CAAAN: http://caaan.admissions.cornell.edu/
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