Student at Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences
Controlled environment agriculture represents a breakthrough of innovation that offers new possibilities for efficient scaling of food production in urban settings and may be the key to addressing a continually-worsening dynamic of food insecurity around the world. With Minors in International Agriculture and Plant Pathology to accompany my B.S in Agricultural Science, my aim is to pursue a career that integrates my foundations in biological science with an understanding of global food systems and how various socio-cultural, economic, and ecological factors influence their sustainability and productivity in the scope of long-term food security. During my time as an undergraduate researcher at Penn State, I experienced implementing principles of Integrated Pest Management in independent project settings in which I complied with SOPs and protocols involving solution preparation and biological lab equipment use. After working in various greenhouse settings, I developed an interest in hydroponic/aquaponic system management and pursued this topic by taking specialized university courses in addition to interning at E3Garden: an organic indoor vertical farm in my locality. With its potential for peak efficiency and waste reduction, I anticipate hydroponics to be at the forefront of local sustainable agriculture initiatives for decades to come.
Penn State University: College of Agricultural Science
College within Penn State devoted to the study of the agricultural sciences. Offers excellent professors teaching a variety of practical and theoretical disciplines related to Ag Sci and food production in addition to state-of-the-art facilities for the pursuit of research and internship opportunities. The College of Ag Sci aims to train experts and scientists to tackle issues of increasing global food insecurity and serve as front-line educators on the importance of sustainability in agriculture.
University Park, PA
Indoor Farming Info
My goal is to learn as much as possible about different hydroponic systems and to establish efficiencies of use in order to apply my foundation in sustainable agriculture toward improvement of access to educational tools and resources for local communities wanting to get involved with indoor ag. Such communities would benefit in the short-term from improved market opportunities and greater availability of locally-grown food options but they would also get to experience and participate in the ongoing transition of making our collective food system healthier and more environmentally/economically sustainable.
Integrated Pest Management for conventional and organic systems
Hydroponic system management
Integrated Pest Management
IPM is an important tool for growers in conventional & organic indoor systems. Proper monitoring, coupled with appropriate and timely interventions, is the key to keeping pest and disease levels below the tolerable economic threshold. Implementing a range of preventative tactics forms the backbone of IPM strategy because it is much easier to manage developing pest resistances while decreasing reliance on costly and potentially unsustainable chemical interventions.