Dynamic Accumulators: Turning Farm Waste into Farm Food Podcast

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2020: $14,996.00
Projected End Date: 11/30/2021
Grant Recipient: Unadilla Community Farm
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Greta Zarro
Unadilla Community Farm
On The Grower & The Economist podcast, Peter Konjoian (Grower) & Michelle Klieger (Economist) share expert insights to help small and medium-sized growers adjust to the rapidly changing farm and food landscape as well as increase the productivity and profitability of their operation. On this episode, Peter describes the work of Greta Zarro and Ben Tyler of Unadilla Community Farm as “noble work”. In addition to having a beginning farming program, distributing a veggie box and growing over 230 different fruits, vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms, Unadilla is also conducting cutting edge research on dynamic accumulators. We learn that dynamic accumulators are plants that have higher uptake of certain nutrients than standard plants. To date, there is very little peer reviewed research on these plants, to support the anecdotal evidence that farmers have been relying on for years and the possibility of closed-loop nutrient management systems. Greta and Ben share their experience getting a SARE grant, the research they have conducted, and their next steps.
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Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.