We focus on the interaction of plants, soils and the use of land for the mutual benefit of people and sustainable environments. Our students acquire knowledge leading to successful careers through hands-on learning and internships.

Current Events

UConn 2015 Master Composter Program

The UConn Master Composter Program is now accepting applications for its fall 2015 program. The training program consists of 4 weekday evening classes and 2 Saturday classes/fieldtrips. After the training, participants are expected to engage in volunteer outreach activities with the goal of encouraging fellow citizens to recycle food and yard wastes through composting. Starting Oct. 6, 2015 at the Middlesex County Cooperative Extension Center in Haddam.  More information and brochure with registration form and fee at www.ladybug.uconn.edu. Limited to 20 students.

Contact: Dawn Pettinelli
(860) 486-4274

Worm Day

Saturday, October 10, 2015
10 am - 3 pm
Middlesex County Extension Center

Curious about earthworms? Want to learn more about the invasive ones that are creating havoc in our forested ecosystems as well as in some folks’ lawns and gardens? Would you like to explore vermicomposting? Participants can leave with their very own worm bin. Go to www.ladybug.uconn.edu for more information and registration.

Contact: Dawn Pettinelli
(860) 486-4274

Movie Night: DIRT! The Movie

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
4 pm - 6 pm
Student Union 304A
Free refreshments and admission!

This film brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

Contact: Megan Delaney
(860) 486-2924



The Daily Campus: Invasive plant species continue to impact Connecticut

Donna Ellis, Nicole Gabelman, and Cheryl Czuba

UConn Today: Plant Stem Cell Research May Yield Bigger, Stronger Crops

Assistant Professor Dr. Huanzhong Wang

Naturally@UConn: Meet staff member Steve Olsen

PSLA Research Farm Manager Steve Olsen

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Connecticut Horticulture Society Scholarship Recipients!

Kamil Jablonowski, Horticulture senior
Dawn Smith, Horticulture junior
Austin Vitelli, Horticulture senior