Addressing the Challenge of Building Healthy Soils in Urban Environments

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2019: $89,443.00
Projected End Date: 09/30/2023
Grant Recipient: Kansas State University
Region: North Central
State: Kansas
Project Coordinator:
Dr. Cary Rivard
Kansas State University
Ganga Hettiarachchi, Ph.D., is a professor of soil and environmental chemistry in the department of agronomy at Kansas State University. She is one of the world's leading scientists in the fields of trace metal and nutrient chemistry in soils. Her research at K-State focuses on understanding the chemistry of both nutrient and contaminant elements in soils, with the goal of developing solutions to agricultural or environmental problems. Mike Rollen of Ophelia's Blue Vine Farm started his farming business seven years ago and is dedicated to restoring access to healthy, affordable food for all people in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Their local farm brings produce directly to the community to help improve the overall health of our society. They currently grow at 2416 Vine St. in Kansas City, Missouri, and sell directly to neighborhood residents as well as 14 HyVee Supermarkets in the metro area.
Ganga Hettiarachchi, Kansas State University
Mike Rollen, Ophelia's Blue Vine Farm
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This product is associated with the project "Capacity Building in Urban Food Systems in the North Central Region"
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