Sign up for CSU’s Source for Garden-fresh Ideas

source-screen-shot-resizedIt’s a little embarrassing to admit I had to read a national green industry newsletter to learn about a unique program in my own backyard.

Even though I’m a CSU graduate and a master gardener volunteer with CSU Extension, I was left out of the loop of current events at the university.

By signing up for CSU’s informative Source newsletter, I’m making sure that doesn’t happen again.

You don’t need to be a CSU alum to get this expertly produced eNewsletter delivered to your inbox. It’s a great way to stay informed about what’s happening with all aspects of the campus, plus learning about cutting edge research along the way.

For example, you’ll be able to read about the unique collaborative partnership between the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture program and Philips Lighting. This feature story might sound ho-hum at first, until you realize the program is all about brewing more craft beer.

According to Source writers, CSU’s Horticulture Center is one of just a few facilities in the country using Philips Horticulture LED Solutions for lighting. This state-of-the-art lighting system is being put to use to grow crops of hops in a faster growing cycle for year-round production.

Craft brewers are taking advantage of the availability of fresh hops to brew batches of wet-hop beers five times a year, instead of just once. More hops means more beer for local brewers and beer lovers.

Bill Bauerle, professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, and students in the fermentation program explain more about the program in this CSU-produced video.

There’s plenty of other news related to the Horticulture Department on the Source website. Use the site’s search engine to read about the new Horticulture Center and its plant research and testing.  Or scroll to the bottom of the page to click on links to the College of Agricultural Sciences.

I found many stories and other items that would be of interest to master gardeners, such as Colorado’s water issues, global environmental sustainability, and creative new research programs for the future.

The twice-weekly newsletter is sure to expand your thinking about what it means to be part of CSU’s growing community.

By Jodi Torpey
Denver Master Gardener

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