Dates: July 18-29, 2016
Growing crops to feed Alaskans is an important endeavor, and researchers at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm have been at work for over 100 years to help answer questions and solve problems for growers who make their living providing food and feed to Alaskans. Alaska is a cold place for most of the year, but during the summer months of the midnight sun Alaskan crop growth explodes. Come to the Fairbanks Experiment Farm and learn the science behind growing plants in Alaska.
We will be based at the Georgeson Botanical Garden and totally immersed in practical activities, such as building a compost pile, observing beneficial insects and pests, and practicing ways to propagate plants. There will also be projects in the greenhouse such as seed starting and nutrition experiments, as well as time in the laboratory using microscopes and other tools to identify plant diseases and insect pests. Not only will students learn the basics of growing plants, they will also be able to contribute to ongoing research projects, such as collecting insect pests of peonies for life cycle studies and taking plant growth and yield measurements for vegetable variety trials.
Students will have opportunities throughout the module to pose questions and design simple experiments to learn more about their interests in the areas of plant nutrition, seed development, insect-plant interactions, and plant propagation. By the end of the module students will have a broad understanding of what it takes to grow plants from seed to fruit.
Darcy currently works as an Integrated Pest Management technician with the Georgeson Botanical Garden, where she provides information to local farmers and gardeners about insect pests and plant diseases. She graduated from UAF with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management and has been an educator throughout her career. Darcy has experience teaching all ages of students, including serving as the Fairbanks area FFA advisor from 2010-2011, teaching plant-related lessons through the Cooperative Extension Service and Master Gardener program, and training educators through Project Learning Tree and Project WET. She is excited to work with ASRA to bring more awareness about Alaskan agriculture to another generation.
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