Rooftop agriculture is a pioneering field in the emerging area of urban food production. While rooftop agricultural production has been successful in other cities across the world, it is still theoretical in our high elevation, sunny, semiarid environment. Ideal horticultural crop selection and optimal irrigation regimes require testing. The intensive green roof system on top of the CSU Spur Terra Building is the ideal location for research like this.
Therefore, the intern on this project will assist the faculty mentor and a post-doctoral employee in screening horticultural crops and irrigation regimes in rooftop agriculture systems. The intern will help collect data, answer visitors' questions, and participate in events and activities associated with rooftop agriculture research and engagement. Additionally, the Extension aspect will include a project that describes the subject, identifies applications, addresses costs and benefits, and reports current data.