By Courtney Pelissero One of the greatest issues surrounding the food industry is waste. From production to consumption, there is a large amount of waste being created. First off, we can think about the animal waste that is produced. With our concentrated livestock operations, there is an excess amount of waste that cannot be absorbed … Continue reading Why are we wasting waste?
You can’t put a fence around everything. You just can’t. But what do you do when there are hordes of rabbits lurking until you turn your back, ready to devour everything you just planted? Those pesty creatures munched heartily on even Marigolds, my least favorite flower but the one I have always thought to be … Continue reading Rabbits: The New Plague
The world needs an agricultural makeover. Currently, agricultural practices take up 40 percent of land area, are responsible for 70 percent of global water withdrawals, and emit 30 percent of all greenhouse gases in our atmosphere (Foley 2010). The amount of land used for agriculture is 60 times higher than land use for all other … Continue reading A competition to highlight food production tradeoffs – the 2014 UST Stewardship Garden
Huertas Intensivas - Research plots at the UST Stewardship Garden One of the best things about doing research at St. Thomas is the relationships that develop between students and professors. Learning about the subject of our research from an expert in the field is invaluable; their experience and knowledge helps more than hours of individual … Continue reading Huertas Intensivas: Learning from a UST Graduate
We are excited to announce our FALL FARMERS MARKET! From August until October we will be selling our fresh, local, pesticide and herbicide free produce. The Farmers' Market will take place Fridays from 11:00 - 2:00 at the University of St. Thomas Campus, outside the Anderson Student Center. Taste the fruits of our research!
During lunch hour last Wednesday at the Urban Flower Field, passers-by and lunch-goers peered curiously from their blue chairs as Hunter, Kristen and Liz gave the site a small make-over. We carefully trimmed away Canola from tall stalks of sunflowers and delicate perennials. The main goal of this undertaking was to assess the biomass of … Continue reading Harvested for Science: What happened to the Canola in the Urban Flower Field?
Global demand for food is rapidly rising because of increasing population and a general shift to higher calorie, meat-rich diets. At the same time, the impacts of agriculture on the environment, including nutrient pollution and agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions, are already at unsustainable levels. These conflicting challenges mean there are no easy solutions. We could … Continue reading Growing Science: a new University of St. Thomas project on urban agriculture