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Lori Bushway

Senior Extension Associate and Leader of Adult Outreach for Cornell University's Department of Horticulture

Lori Bushway is the Leader of Adult Outreach in Cornell's Garden-based Learning program in the Department of Horticulture. Working in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension community horticulture educators and Master Gardener Volunteers she uses garden related activities to advance environmental/scientific literacy, community building and social integration and human well-being. She is keenly interested in tapping the talent and enthusiasm of gardeners to help scientists address specific horticultural research questions and emerging

issues which directly impact gardeners' success. In this area she currently leads two Citizen Science in Horticulture projects: Viburnum Leaf Beetle and Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners

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Engaging gardeners in helping scientists address research question can be an effective strategy for promoting environmental stewardship and garden success as well as advancing research. Partnering with state and provincial Cooperative Extension office can provides an opportunity for collaboration with some of the 90,000 Master Gardener Volunteers across North America. Through Cornell's Citizen Science in Horticulture Viburnum Leaf Beetle project, researchers are tapping the talents and enthusiasm of gardeners and Master Gardener Volunteers to learn about expanding range of this invasive species, the extent of its damage, and which viburnum plant species are most vulnerable to devastation by this pest. The Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners citizen science project is gathering gardeners' observations on vegetable varieties they have grown to gain new insight into the performance of varieties under a wide range of conditions and practices, and ultimately identify the right plant for the right location which is a critical step in implementing ecological gardening practices.  

Citizen science, volunteer monitoring, participatory action research... this site supports organizers of all initiatives where public participants are involved in scientific research.

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