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Organic at Cornell Program Work Management Team

Our mission is to support organic producers in New York by developing and strengthening relationships among Cornell researchers, students, and extension staff and stakeholders including producers, consultants, input suppliers, and NGOs.

A. Fay Benson

SCNY Regional Dairy & Field Crops Team, Small Dairy Support
Areas of Interest
- organic dairy, on-farm processing, pasture management, grazing heifers
Betsy Leonard

Betsy Leonard

Organic Farm Coordinator
Betsy supports research and outreach at the organic certified areas of the Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm at Freeville, the Musgrave Research Farm at Aurora, and the Cornell Orchard. She supervises and mentors the Dilmun Hill Student Farm employees and volunteers and is the facility coordinator for this 12-acre site.

Gregory Peck

Assistant Professor
My research addresses the challenges of sustainably and profitably producing tree fruits. Current projects focus on soil ecology in high-density orchards, value-added products (i.e., hard cider), and sustainable management practices and systems.

Matthew Ryan

Assistant Professor
Over the next decades, agriculture will undergo a transformation as farmers learn to produce more food while decreasing the environmental impact of their practices. Between feeding another two billion people and adapting to climate change, we face unprecedented challenges. However, at the same time, there has never been as much interest in agriculture as more and more consumers want to know the origins of their food and new farmers are increasingly from non-farm backgrounds.

Abby Seaman

Vegetable IPM Coordinator
In collaboration with Cornell faculty, Cornell Cooperative Extension field staff, and IPM Program staff, foster and support the adoption of IPM practices among NY vegetable producers. 

Crystal Stewart

Extension Vegetable Specialist
Crystal's areas of emphasis include organic horticulture, small and beginning farmers assistance, and basic farm business management.