Video: From seeds to grafted seedlings for farmers in Guatemala, Honduras

At the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s 2016 annual meeting, speakers were invited to give brief “lightning talks” to share highlights of their recent horticultural work. Audio slideshows of these 5-minute talks are now available on YouTube.

James Nienhuis of the University of Wisconsin-Madison leads a project with the Horticulture Innovation Lab focused on expanding tomato grafting for entrepreneurship in Guatemala and Honduras.

Over the years, he has led other Horticulture Innovation Lab projects in Central America — first focused on evaluating tomato and chili varieties for disease resistance, then on helping farmers produce disease-resistant vegetable seed. He called these past projects, “Semillas de Esperanza” or Seeds of Hope.

But when the farmers he was working with began to sell seedlings Continue reading Video: From seeds to grafted seedlings for farmers in Guatemala, Honduras

Nienhuis honored by Costa Rican university

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Jim Nienhuis, UW-Madison professor

Jim Nienhuis, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a partner of the Horticulture Innovation Lab, was recently recognized for his partnership with a Costa Rican university.

On Feb. 11, Nienhuis received an award from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (ITCR), signed by the school’s rector and its agriculture school director, in recognition of his broad partnership and academic exchange with the institution.

As part of his ongoing partnership with ITCR,
three students in Costa Rica — Tania Corrales, Rebecca Duran and Ramon Rodriguez — are doing their thesis work on tomato and pepper grafting. For example, Duran recently Continue reading Nienhuis honored by Costa Rican university

Grafting team gathers for Wisconsin workshop

The Horticulture Innovation Lab’s “Plántulas de Esperanza” project team gathered in Wisconsin this month for a 9-day workshop focused on vegetable grafting under the leadership of Jim Nienhuis, horticulture professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Among the 28 Spanish-speaking attendees of the workshop were leaders from the women’s farming groups who are participating in the project from Honduras and Guatemala. Also participating were students and professors from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica. Continue reading Grafting team gathers for Wisconsin workshop