Developing Commercial Guidelines for Pawpaw, a Novel Commercial Tree Fruit
- Interview pawpaw growers across New York and in major pawpaw-growing states (MI, OH, IN, PA) via in-person, phone, and video call.
- Record grower responses about growing and marketing practices and site characteristics for pawpaws.
- Photograph successful pawpaw operations and management practices of pawpaws
- Obtain first-hand experience establishing a pawpaw orchard
- Compile information about modern-day pawpaw cultivation in New York State and Midwestern states
- Document the cultural significance of this native fruit for Indigenous communities
- Identify barriers growers are facing in production and marketing.
- Population mapping and climate change forecasting for pawpaw cultivation.
- A pawpaw production guide for commercial scale (long-term).
Roles and responsibilities
The intern will work with CCE Harvest NY extension associates to:
- Identify pawpaw growers across New York State and other Midwestern states (PA, OH, MI, KY) willing to be interviewed.
- Interview growers about management practices, production issues, cultural and personal significance of crop, and barriers to productivity.
- Record geographic locations, site characteristics, and best practices for pawpaw seedling establishment.
- Outline a production guide and compile photographs for this guide
Qualifications and previous coursework
This opportunity is available to non-graduating students in Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
This student should have taken at least two HORT classes with a focus on fruit production in New York State. An interest in promoting New York State agriculture and science communication (writing, public speaking, personal communication) is required.
- Describe the state of agriculture in New York State, and other Midwestern states — in the context of a diversified fruit production system.
- Develop interview questions and practice interview skills
- Design, write and produce various agricultural publications