Over the last 40 years the sustainable and organic movement has made amazing strides, with activists pushing along the way for policy reform and government programs to provide oversight and consistent standards. The struggles and experiences of these sustainability leaders are now archived through an online oral history video archive, thanks to work sponsored by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA).
Landscaping and gardening with grasses and sedges is a growing trend, providing homeowners with a low-maintenance yet aesthetically pleasing option for their yards and gardens. In an effort to make relevant information readily available to homeowners, Professor Mary Meyer and Diane Narem in the Department of Horticultural Science recently published an all encompassing guide grasses titled Gardening with Native Grasses in Cold Climates and A Guide to the Butterflies They Support.
Visitors to the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus often comment on its peaceful, park-like feel—a marked contrast to the busy urban cityscape of the Minneapolis campus just a few miles away. It’s something Jared Rubinstein noticed right away when he entered the U’s graduate program in applied plant sciences at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences in 2015. A native of Seattle, he also noticed an unusually high number of tree species on the St. Paul campus compared with what he saw on city streets. This led him to develop Campus Trees.
Two students who participated in the CFANS 2017 Minnesota Youth Institute (MNYI) were selected for the 2018 Borlaug-Ruan Internship that provides exceptional high school students the opportunity to work with world renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
The American Horticultural Society recently announced that Mary Hockenberry Meyer has been named the 2018 recipient of the Society’s Teaching Award, given to an individual whose ability to share his or her horticultural knowledge with others has contributed to a better public understanding of the plant world and its important influence on society.
Eight graduate students who are working toward their master’s or doctoral degree from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS); the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM); and the School of Public Health (SPH) were recently awarded fellowships from Minnesota’s Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) for the 2018-2019 school year.