Sea Change Urban Horticulture Center: Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 1996: $156,500.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1998
Matching Federal Funds: $272,700.00
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $442,500.00
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Project Leader:
Rosalind Johnson
Sea Change Inc.

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: corn, potatoes, sunflower
  • Fruits: melons
  • Vegetables: asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, cucurbits, eggplant, greens (leafy), onions, parsnips, peas (culinary), peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips, brussel sprouts
  • Additional Plants: herbs, ornamentals


  • Crop Production: continuous cropping, cover crops, multiple cropping, organic fertilizers, conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: technical assistance, decision support system, demonstration, display, farmer to farmer, focus group, networking, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research, study circle
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, community-supported agriculture, marketing management, feasibility study, market study, value added, whole farm planning
  • Natural Resources/Environment: soil stabilization
  • Pest Management: field monitoring/scouting, prevention, row covers (for pests), sanitation, weather monitoring, weed ecology
  • Production Systems: transitioning to organic, holistic management
  • Soil Management: green manures, soil analysis, organic matter
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, partnerships, public participation, urban agriculture, urban/rural integration, analysis of personal/family life, community services, employment opportunities, social capital, social networks, sustainability measures
    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.