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Grape Harvest Festival

Event Details:

  • Date: August - 27 2016 
  • Venue: Viticulture Center - 6505 Mahan Dr

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Join us at the 16th Annual Grape Harvest Festival on Saturday, August 27, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. With this year’s theme Purple Reign, the festival is expected to draw more than 3,000 participants and will be held at the FAMU Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research, located at 6505 Mahan Drive in Tallahassee.

Celebrate family, food, fun, and agricultural discovery in recognition of FAMU’s role as a national leader in viticulture research. Featured activities include the popular grape stomping contest, a kids petting zoo, water slides, a grape throwing competition, a grape and wine sampling, a hula hoop competition, live entertainment, the 5K/2K vineyard run and walk-a-thon, grape picking, a health fair, and more than 60 community exhibitors and vendors.

In addition to the various family-friendly activities, participants will have an opportunity to tour more than 45 acres of the University’s premier muscadine grape vineyard.

The event will be hosted by FAMU President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D.; Mayor Andrew Gillum; and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences Robert Taylor, Ph.D.

On-site registration is $6 for adults, free for children under 12, free for FAMU students with ID, and $3 for non-FAMU students with ID.

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Viticulture Center Helps Invigorate Muscadine Wine Industry

FAMU’s Viticulture Center is famous for its annual Grape Harvest Festival, taking place this Saturday and open to the community (find out more about the day’s festivities here). This year’s festival features celebrity hosts FAMU President Elmira Mangum and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and marks 38 years of operation for the center. While the fun of stomping grapes captures much attention, the science of what goes into making those grapes is what drives the Viticulture Center’s mission. Work at the center is pioneering tastier versions of table and wine grapes derived from native American muscadine grapes, helping to grow Florida’s growing wine industry and to playing a role in improving sustainability of the wine industry globally.

vit vineyardFormally called the Center for Viticulture and Small Fruits Research, it is the only specialized academic center on grape research in the Southeastern US. It is charged with conducting basic and applied research and providing service to promote the development of a viable viticulture industry in Florida. According to the Florida Wine and Grape Growers Association, there are 24 certified wineries in Florida, covering 500 acres, and producing slightly under 2 million gallons of wine.

Research at the site on the eastern fringes of Tallahassee takes place in the 44-acre vineyard and in a set of well-equipped laboratories. Work includes traditional breeding methods for plant selection along with high-tech biotechnology and in-vitro selection, according to director Dr. Violeta Tsolova. A mix of science and art create variations in grapes and wines that are produced, with a surprising range of flavors. Decisions at various points in the production process lead to variations in tastes.

Mr. Matteo Voltarelli, a wine maker from Italy who has brought his expertise to the center, notes that in wine making in particular, good results come “mostly of decisions, timely decisions!”

grapetastingBesides developing new and improved grape cultivars, work at the center includes devising best management practices for Florida grapes and selected small fruit. The Center maintains a “National Clean Plant Center” for grapes by growing native hybrids free of diseases that could harm crops. Twenty-three varieties of economically important hybrid varieties of muscadine and other native grapes are grown and certified to be free of disease.

In addition to breeding efforts, researchers have their eyes on the potential contributions that disease-tolerant native grapes might have to the global wine industry as a whole. Genetic resources from native grapes including muscadines may be incorporated to boost capacity of conventional grapes for resisting disease and adapting to climate change.

studentsViticultureLabAlready the center has drawn international interest from international partners and exchange faculty and students from China, Brazil, France, Israel, Italy, Austria, and Germany. Students from high school through graduate students also receive hands-on science training at the center, working under the tutelage of research scientists in the lab and in the field. In the past five years, 14 graduate and 22 undergraduate student researchers have taken part, making the center a productive locale for boosting STEM education.

 

 

 

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Celebrate Earth Week 2016 With Campus-wide Programming

April 18-24th is Earth Week at FAMU! Join the celebration with a series of engaging programs including the highly anticipated culminating with the 2nd annual Earth Day Festival on the Quad, Friday April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit http://sustainability.famu.edu/earthweek for details.

Brought to you by The Sustainability Institute, Green Coalition, College of Agriculture & Food Sciences - Small Farmers Program, Collaborative Arts Project, School of Social Sciences Art & Humanities – Political Science Department, School of the Environment, Ashe Indie Fest, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.-Beta Nu Chapter, SGA and OSA’s Set Friday.

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Earth Week 2016

Event Details:

  • Date: April 18 - 24 2016 
  • Venue: On campus & around town

 

April 22nd, 2016 is the 46th International Earth Day. The entire FAMU campus will be celebrating with a week of events hosted by various departments. 

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Monday April 18,3-5pm - Poisoned Waters: Flint Michigan and the Quest for Environmental Justice and Accountability. Expert panelists, attorneys and environmental activists discuss the dire effects of lead-contaminated water. FAMU Law School - Room 263.

Tuesday, April 19, 3pm - Reflections on Sustainability in Cuba: Student Documentaries. Black Archives Auditorium. Hosted by the Political Science department, School of Social Sciences Arts, and Humanities.

Wednesday, April 20, 12pm - Art of Sustainability Mural Reveal at the Campus Recycling Center, 644 Gamble Street (across from FAMU Village). Come out to see the student designed, collaborative art mural designed. Drinks & light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Thursday, April 21, 6pm - Power Dialogue is a forum to generate discussion on EPA’s Clean Energy Plan amongst interested parties. This event is a collaboration between the School of the Environment and the STEM Public Policy Forum, and is open to the public. FSH Science Research Bld Auditorium – Rm 214

Friday, April 22, 10 am to 2 pm - Second annual FAMU Earth Day Festival on the Quad. Celebrate the last day of classes with fun in the sun as we learn, make, and play. Featuring campus and community exhibitors, hands-on activities, live performances, games and prizes.  Individuals,  organizations and departments are invited to participate in the Green Festival as vendors,  exhibitors or performers. Tables, chairs and publicity provided. Share your exciting sustainability related work or bring your engaging ideas and activities for attendees. Co-sponsored with the Green Coalition, Beta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and OSA's Set Friday. Music by DJ Ashé.

Friday, April 22, 2 p.m. - Join the School of Environment 'Under the Solar Umbrellas' at FSH Science Research Building South Entrance to get a first hand look at the new solar charging stations and learn from expert faculty about renewable energy.

Saturday, April 23, 3:30pm – Feast with a Farmer. FAMU Small Farms Program is bringing growing guru Jim Gerritsen, to speak on agroecology and organic farming systems. Indigo Bistro Tickets are $25 and in limited supply. Click here for tickets and details. Co-sponsored with Sustainable Tallahassee.

Sunday, April 24, 11am-1pm - Ashe Indie Festival Brunch featuring a presentation by DOMI Ventures on sustainable business and a screening of "The Coconut Revolution." B.L. Perry Hall. To participate, purchase a ticket for $7 here.

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Grape Harvest Festival

Event Details:

  • Date: August 29 2015 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Venue: FAMU Center for Viticulture & Small Fruit, 6505 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL

 

Early online registration  deadline is August 22, 2015
Festival parking opens at 7:15 a.m. at the Tallahassee Antique Car Museum

visit www.famu.edu/ghf to learn more and register.

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