The John A. Wott Botanic Gardens Endowed Fellowship was awarded this fall to Ryan Garrison, a master’s student in the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
Ryan was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan. His father’s love of plants and nature, and both his parents’ teaching professions set the foundation for a lifetime of growing plants and appreciating the value of learning.
“Compost is an essential component of any sustainable agriculture operation; without the addition of nutrients and organic matter lost from harvest, agricultural systems would soon be unable to support crop life. I encourage you, as you read on, to keep in mind the ecology and cyclical tendencies of the entire farm (and how compost fits into this larger system). Decomposition is a (mostly) silent process with uncanny influence over future growth.Read more
Yunpeng worked with his faculty advisor, Elizabeth Wheat, to design and implement an experiment on the farm using different fertilizers. Read more!
Goal: The purpose of this experiment is to examine whether using a combination of three organic fertilizers, kelp meal, blood meal, and crab meal is more effective than only using a single dose of Bio·Bloom™.
Subject: The plant we chose for this particular experiment is kale.
Bradyn Kawcak, one of our student staff members, writes about what he’s been working on at the farm.
Over the summer I have been working as an intern with the UW Farm, where I have been constantly growing and selling delicious produce every week. Seeding, planting, making beds, weeding, repairing irrigation and harvesting are just a few of the daily tasks I am responsible for.
Here at the UW Farm, we make our own compost, combining different types of dead plant material and animal manure to create just the right ratio of Carbon to Nitrogen needed for effective composting. Temperature is used to monitor the composting process, and the compost pile gets turned every so often to add oxygen and keep things running. The finished product is the fully decomposed, nutrient-rich compost that both plants and farmers love.Read more