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A competition to highlight food production tradeoffs – the 2014 UST Stewardship Garden

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: Learning from a UST Graduate

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

Harvested for Science: What happened to the Canola in the Urban Flower Field?

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?

Growing Science: a new University of St. Thomas project on urban agriculture

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