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Mission and goals

Long-term goals:

 

   1. To develop urban agriculture-based activities for undergraduate biology           classrooms that engages students in the process of science and produce         immediate and tangible societal benefits.

   2. To develop campus gardens and other urban agricultural systems as                 ecological laboratories to train the next generation of scientists in the                 application of ecological principles.

   3. To assess the impact of training undergraduate biologists through the               incorporation of urban agriculture-based activities, and to disseminate               these activities to other institutions.

Short-term goals:

 

  1. To conduct senior personnel site visits/retreats with participating institutions to understand efforts at each institution’s efforts to develop campus and community research gardens.

  2. To develop communication tools such as presentations, publications, and a project web site, to introduce the campus research garden as a tool for biology education delivery to a broader audience to build our network.

  3. To develop preliminary curricula focused on integrating campus research gardens into coursework.

  4. To build a toolkit of quantitative assessments to measure progress toward both broad network goals (above) and the impact of campus garden curricula on biology education.

Principal Investigators

 

​Adam Kay 

University of St. Thomas

adkay@stthomas.edu

Gaston "Chip" Small

University of St. Thomas

gaston.small@stthomas.edu

Eric Chapman

Shed Initiative

echapman@shedinitiative.org

Principal Investigators

 

​Adam Kay 

University of St. Thomas

adkay@stthomas.edu

Gaston "Chip" Small

University of St. Thomas

gaston.small@stthomas.edu

Eric Chapman

Shed Initiative

echapman@shedinitiative.org

Participating Sites

University of St. Thomas

St. Paul, MN

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

Miami Dade College

Miami, FL

Tulane University 

New Orleans, LA

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