Caroline Hanson, a genetics major, has been awarded one of seven Wisconsin Idea Fellowships for her project, “The Patio Tomato Project: Decreasing the Gap Between Families and Produce Through Urban Agriculture.”
Hanson was advised by Jeri Barak-Cunningham, an associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology.
Hanson’s project will combat the challenges of obtaining fresh product for low-income families by growing and distributing free high yielding cherry tomato plants. In collaboration with the River Food Pantry, the team will distribute the plants during workshops that teach maintenance/utility of low-input gardening, disseminate cooking recipes, and foster long-term healthy practices by engaging children in gardening. Based on results of this pilot, the team will create a student organization that advocates for improved nutrition across food pantries in Madison.
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