4/22/2014 12:01:00 PM

SUNY NanoCollege Faculty, Staff, and Students Head to the Farm for Earth Day

Seeding and transplanting vegetables at the Regional Food Bank’s farm to support fresh, healthy food for those who are less fortunate

Albany, NY – The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) partnered with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and the Patroon Land Foundation to prepare the land on a 14-acre farm for planting. The event was part of an Earth Day effort to support the production of healthy food for those who are less fortunate.

More than 20 NanoCollege faculty, staff, and student volunteers assisted with preparations for the seeding and transplanting of everything from broccoli to zucchini at The Patroon Land Farm. The self-sustaining educational farm grows more than 100,000 pounds of vegetables each year to supply the Food Bank and its participating agencies with diverse, fresh produce.

CNSE’s annual involvement in community projects on Earth Day and throughout the year are a testament to its support of opportunities across the region and New York State, from high-tech economic, educational, and workforce initiatives to efforts focused on supporting those who are most in need.


. The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the world leader in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, with more than $20 billion in high-tech investments and over 300 corporate partners. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty. CNSE maintains a statewide footprint, operating the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester, and the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua. CNSE co-founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at SUNYIT and is lead developer of the Marcy Nanocenter site in Utica, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Complex, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information, visit


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Jerry Gretzinger, CNSE VP of Strategic Communications and Public Relations
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