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
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
Urban agriculture is a relatively new concept in the United States, but it's already making a big impact. In the Twin Cities alone, there are over 450 community gardens providing produce for local charities and community members. Urban gardens can have many benefits, such as increasing the availability offresh food for urban residents and reducing … Continue reading Stewardship Science meets Gardening Matters for conversation, research planning
Food insecurity - defined as limited access to affordable, nutritious food - is a growing problem in the United States. It tends to be particularly high in low-income urban areas where car ownership is low and supermarkets are rare. The small food stores that do exist in underserved areas are often filled with high-fat, high-sugar … Continue reading BrightSide – a new distribution model for reducing food insecurity
On a sunny mid-summer Saturday morning, a crowd gathered in St. Paul's new Urban Flower Field to drink lemonade and paint field stones. Over 100 people wandered down from the corner of 10th and Robert streets to walk around the space, now greening up as wildflowers germinate across the site. The Urban Flower Field is a collaboration … Continue reading The transformative potential of the Urban Flower Field