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Tim Martinson Awarded 2009 Project Leader of the Year by NY Farm Viability Institute


Tim Martinson
Tim Martinson

Tim Martinson, senior extension associate in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, received the New York Farm Viability Institute's 2009 Project Leader of the Year award. Dave Grusenmeyer, outreach coordinator with the New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI), presented the award at the February 17 "Riesling Reverie" luncheon, which was part of the Viticulture 2010 conference in Rochester, New York. Grusenmeyer cited Martinson's leadership of two NYFVI-funded sustainable viticulture projects that produced the New York Guide to Sustainable Viticulture Practices and provided outreach to growers throughout the state.

Martinson cited the teamwork involved in the project. "This project involved the efforts of many industry groups—who asked us at Cornell to develop the project and workbook—and extension programs across the state. Alice Wise, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, was co-leader of the project, and Jamie Hawk (CCE Yates County) coordinated it. Libby Tarleton (Long Island) and Edith Byrne (Lake Erie) provided outreach to growers in those regions, and extension colleagues Tim Weigle (Lake Erie) and Hans Walter-Peterson were also active in the project."

The New York Farm Viability Institute is a farmer-led nonprofit group that awards grant funds for applied research and outreach education projects that help farms increase profits and provide models for other farms.