Event Title

Salamander Springs Soil Analysis

Major

Environmental Sciences

Faculty Mentor

Allison R. VandeVoort

Abstract

As a part of the class Soil and Environmental Quality, ENSC 4600, an ENGAGE Initiative project was conducted to analyze soil from Salamander Springs Farm in Milledgeville, Georgia was collected. Salamander Springs is a 50-acre sustainable farm founded on the principles of permaculture, sustainability, environmental education, and unity with nature. Six sites in total from both garden and orchard locations were sampled throughout the area in hopes of understanding the density, acidity, and cation exchange capacity of the soil. Sites were chosen based on recommendations from Debbie Waugh, owner and operator of Salamander Springs. These variables are important for further knowledge of methods that could enhance vegetation at the farm. Preliminary results indicate that remedial efforts may be necessary for increased crop productivity and for the reduction nutrient loss. Density, pH, and cation exchange capacity are only part of the total soil report being conducted for Salamander Springs.

Session Name:

Poster Presentation Session #2 - Poster #04

Start Date

10-4-2015 12:15 PM

End Date

10-4-2015 1:00 PM

Location

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

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Salamander Springs Soil Analysis

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

As a part of the class Soil and Environmental Quality, ENSC 4600, an ENGAGE Initiative project was conducted to analyze soil from Salamander Springs Farm in Milledgeville, Georgia was collected. Salamander Springs is a 50-acre sustainable farm founded on the principles of permaculture, sustainability, environmental education, and unity with nature. Six sites in total from both garden and orchard locations were sampled throughout the area in hopes of understanding the density, acidity, and cation exchange capacity of the soil. Sites were chosen based on recommendations from Debbie Waugh, owner and operator of Salamander Springs. These variables are important for further knowledge of methods that could enhance vegetation at the farm. Preliminary results indicate that remedial efforts may be necessary for increased crop productivity and for the reduction nutrient loss. Density, pH, and cation exchange capacity are only part of the total soil report being conducted for Salamander Springs.