Thursday, August 27, 2015

Around CAUSES August 2015

Harris Trobman joins CAUSES
CAUSES would like to extend a welcome to Harris Trobman, who joined the team as the green infrastructure specialist with the Center for Sustainable Development. Harris specializes in landscape architecture and restoration in urban systems, with a particular focus on diverse interest and complex systems. Harris studied environmental design from Delaware Valley University and holds an MLA from University of Maryland, where he won the National Olmsted Graduate Student Scholar. His team won 1st place in the 2014 EPA Rain-works demonstration project, which proposed disconnecting storm pipes and replacing traditional lawn cover with a meadow landscape that includes bioretention, bioswales, and rain gardens to treat 100 percent of a one-year storm event. Welcome to the team, Harris!

The Delaware Tribe Visits UDC Farm
Representatives from the Delaware Tribe of Indians visited the UDC research in early August 2015 to see firsthand our integrated approach to food systems. They were especially interested in the aquaponics technology and vertical farming systems. Photos from the tour are available on our Facebook Page.

Green roof video from Washington Gardener Magazine
Special thanks to Washington Gardener Magazine for the short video of the UDC green roof, taken during the ribbon-cutting this past summer. Watch the video here.  

Future Harvest CASA Rice Production workshop
Join Future Harvest at the UDC Research Farm to learn about our USDA-funded research grant focused on growing nutrient-dense rice, with Director of Urban Agriculture Che Axum and farmer Nazirahk Amen. See our experimental fields of nutrient-dense rice cultivars while discussing dryland production methods for the Mid-Atlantic. Register here.

Smithsonian Food in the Garden
CAUSES Dean Sabine O'Hara will be a featured speaker at the Smithsonian Food in the Garden event on Sept. 17 to discuss garden design from an ecologist's point of view. From soil to sun, how do plant needs, space, and aesthetics influence the design of a garden? Join a conversation with historic and modern garden designers on the past, present, and future of edible garden design and gather inspiration for your own unique space. Learn more.

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