Sophia Stewart ’24


School of Public and International Affairs

Project Title

Farm Project Field Assistant

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Agricultural practices have a substantial impact on productivity and the environment. Developing agricultural practices that maximize productivity while minimizing environmental destruction is key to meeting the rapidly increasing global demand for food. Along with my co-interns, I studied five different organic New Jersey farms, and collected data about the growing conditions (e.g., solar radiation, insects, and precipitation) and the agricultural practices (e.g., no-till farming, cover cropping). In addition, we began an experiment to test the efficacy of a fertilizer in increasing productivity. We were able to draw conclusions about how some factors affected the crops and our data will be used to support the undergraduate course “Agriculture, Human Diets, and the Environment.”

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Project Category

Sustainable Food Systems


Rubenstein Lab, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University - Princeton, New Jersey


Daniel Rubenstein, Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Gina Talt, Food Systems Project Specialist, Office of Sustainability