Sam is an urban agriculture specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension's Harvest NY team. He provides technical assistance and educational programming for urban farmers throughout New York City. His work is primarily focused on soil health and integrated pest management (IPM) for vegetable crops, with an emphasis on uplifting the expertise of historically underserved urban farmers. Some specific programming and research areas include:
Fertility management in highly organic and constructed soils
Twospotted spider mite IPM
Scale-appropriate cover cropping strategies
Locally important pests of NYC vegetables, including cabbage whitefly, harlequin bug, and pigweed flea beetle
Ginger and other urban ag specialty crops
In prior work with beginning farmer training programs, Sam also worked with small-scale livestock and poultry enterprises, farm business planning, and state and federal agricultural policy initiatives. He has degrees from Tufts University (MA) and Kenyon College (BA).