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Sustainable Agriculture (Urban Gardening)

James R. Allen, Ph.D.
Senior Researcher
Agricultural Experiment Station

Sustainable agriculture gardening has become an increasingly popular, and some would say necessary, activity for urban households in the District of Columbia and nearby communities in Maryland and Virginia. However, this engaging, qualify of life community activity is becoming more difficult due to:

  1. the lack of land space resulting from an increase in residential and commercial constructions; and
  2. the need to grow crops without adding harmful herbicides and pesticides to our land, air and water resources.

In assisting community urban households with methods for addressing issues relating to diminishing available land for gardening the Agricultural Experiment Station’s staff conducts sustainable agricultural research; and in conjunction with the Community and Extension Services demonstrate to these urban gardeners how they can utilize sustainable agricultural techniques in order to maximize productivity and add plant nutrients in their gardens despite the small plots of land available to them.

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College of Urban Agriculture and Environmental Studies (CAUSES)

CAUSES Academic Programs

RN to BS in Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Dr. Prema Ganganna, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Dr. Susan Kliman, Program Director
PSM in Water Resources Management - Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Health Education - John Slack, Program Director

CAUSES Land-grant Programs

Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education – Che' Axum, Director
Center for Sustainable Development – Dr. Dwane Jones, Director
Water Resources Research Institute – Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health - Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord, Director
Institute of Gerontology - Claudia John, Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Architectural Research Institute - Clarence Pearson, Director

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