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  • Long Island Research & Extension Center
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences announces that the Mark Bridgen LIHREC Director’s Fund has been established to support experiential learning at the Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center (LIHREC) in Riverhead, NY.

Dr. Bridgen, a Professor of Horticulture and Plant Breeding, and Director of LIHREC since 2002, formed a plan with friends of LIHREC to establish an endowment to fund student internships in 2008. After establishing the initial principal to start the fund, Dr. Bridgen continued to help maintain and grow the fund with further personal and friends-of-LIHREC contributions until the fund reached maturity this year.

Dr. Bridgen is quick to celebrate and thank the stakeholders from several local garden clubs, volunteers, and individuals who contributed toward the $100,000 endowment level goal. Dr. Bridgen wants to especially recognize Nancy and Tom Gleason, Maryann and Robert (’71) Anderson (Emerald Flora), Christine Killorin, Jane Foster, William (’71) and Lynda Nastyn, John and Ginny Condzella (Condzella Farms), Remsenburg Garden Club, Lillie Brown, Lin and David Schlyer, Pat and Trish Voges, the Nassau Suffolk Landscape Grounds Association, Ken and Jane Mohring, Anita Baldari, Bay Shore Garden Club, Cornell Gardeners, and others.

I am so happy to finally achieve our goal of $100,000! I have always been very grateful to be able to work at Cornell University, and wanted to give something back to the University, especially to LIHREC.

- Mark Bridgen, Professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, and Director of the Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center.

LIHREC research and extension programs are a valued, local resource to assist Long Island growers, gardeners and plant enthusiasts worldwide. The Mark Bridgen LIHREC Director’s Fund, Founder’s Fund, and the Bell Nursery Research Fund are three new endowments established as the Center’s 100th anniversary approaches in 2022. Dr. Bridgen along with all stakeholders feel that these endowments will help to guarantee the future of LIHREC as a local crop and plant science resource that discovers and preserves applied knowledge for generations to come.

Questions about contributing to the Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center in Riverhead, NY, or to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences can contact: Ron Van Ormer at rwv33 [at]; Ph. (607) 592-1361.

This story first appeared in Agricultural News 105 (12)

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