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Research Project: MANAGING WATER AVAILABILITY AND QUALITY TO MAINTAIN OR INCREASE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, CONSERVE NATURAL RESOURCES, AND ENHANCE ENVIRONMENT

Location: Coastal Plain Soil, Water and Plant Conservation Research

Title: Urban conservation agriculture

Author
item Edralin, Don Immanuel - North Carolina Agricultural And Technical State University
item Sigua, Gilbert
item Reyes, Manuel - North Carolina Agricultural And Technical State University

Submitted to: ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/30/2014
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Vegetables are important sources of vitamins and nutrients for human nutrition. United States Department of Agriculture recommends filling half of the food plates with vegetables in every meal. While it is important in promoting good health, access to fresh vegetables is limited especially in urban communities. Conservation agriculture (CA) with vegetables may be a solution to the food problems in the US as well as in other communities worldwide with limited access to fresh vegetables. This may be done by converting part of the lawns or impervious surfaces to vegetable production through CA. Conservation agriculture could prove attractive to homeowners by having fresh vegetables and also by reducing their inversion or tilling of soil to control weeds and soil moisture retention by the presence of continues mulch that controls weeds and diverse species rotations that potentially limits the insect, pests and diseases. This poster paper will exhibit the results of three-year vegetable yield results from converted part of a lawn into conservation agriculture vegetable plots. Changes in soil chemical and physical properties gathered during the three-year period will also be reported.