Student project: Raised beds for urban agriculture – Feeding the city (Cheng Lab)

Raised beds have been built to grow vegetable produce in both Brooklyn and Queens, using a mix of clean sediments and compost material at different ratios. By separating contaminated soil from agricultural production, these raised beds are effective in reducing human exposure to contaminants while helping to address the solid waste issue in NYC. Our group studies carbon and nutrient dynamics in soils and how these factors influence soil development processes, knowledge critical for the long term management of constructed soils and for the success of urban agriculture. The BUEE student will work with Dr. Cheng and a PhD student to survey soils for analysis in the Brooklyn College Urban Soils Lab and the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center.