Sustainability Problem and Proposed Solution: 

Strawberry production currently relies on fertilizer; tillage; single use plastics; and long hours bending down to harvest berries, weed fields, and repair irrigation equipment. In recirculating aquaculture production, waste water rich in plant available nutrients is routinely expelled to flush solid waste from filters. Instead of disposing of this water, we are testing its efficacy as fertilizer in grow systems designed to maximize nutrient and water use efficiency and minimize labor.

Project Categories: 
Land, Habitat, Watershed
Food
Awareness, Education & Engagement
Social Justice
Waste & Recycling
Water
Project Status: 
In Progress
Campus Organization: 
Carbon Fund
Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems
Affiliated Department, Unit or College: 
ENVS
Project Location: 
On campus

Center for Agroecology