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Department of Community Sustainability

Field Crops



  • Cover Crops for Urban Farms

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Abby Harper, shares information on integrating cover crops into urban farms and gardens. Urban soils can be heavily degraded when top-soil is removed for construction. Sites that previously hosted buildings also have heavily compacted soils. Compacted soil makes it difficult for crop roots to penetrate and access water and nutrients, and also limit water penetration and cause flooding or standing water Cover crops can also help address non soil-specific problems, such as creating forage for pollinators, reducing weed pressure, and preventing soil and nutrients from running off into waterways.

  • Resilience of Urban Agriculture in Lansing to COVID-19

    Published on October 22, 2021
    This workshop report explores how Lansing’s urban agriculture system was affected by and responded to COVID-19

  • Great Lakes Urban Agriculture Working Group meets in Flint

    Published on September 7, 2018
    Michigan State University Extension hosts the annual meeting of the North Central – Great Lakes Urban Agriculture Integrated Pest Management Working Group in April, 2018.

  • MSU student shares a day of work at an MSU Extension urban agriculture research center

    Published on July 15, 2021
    Lauren Sawyer shares her observations and experiences as the summer 2021 intern at the MSU-Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning, and Innovation (DPFLI), reflecting on the opportunities she has had to learn about agriculture and the city of Detroit.

  • Cabin Fever Conversations is back starting Feb. 5, 2021

    Published on January 26, 2021
    Winter blues have you longing for summer days in the garden? Spend your Friday lunch with Cabin Fever Conversations!