Farmland, pasture management, and water quality all play a crucial role in minimizing the effects of climate change.
L.E.A.F. students got to experience how they could directly affect climate change by observing and making connections about what’s needed to support the health of different ecosystems on the Fredon farm. After testing soil and water samples from the horse paddocks and ponds on the Fredon farm, they each pursued a deeper avenue of discovery to better understand their specific interest in farm management. This illuminated for them how they could personally improve life on our farm and life on the planet!
Check out their rocking presentations!
They received glowing reviews from two PhD scientists, Dr. Barbara Schmidt and Dr. Mansoor Amiji, who also provided students with feedback and suggestions for further field work. Below are comments from our PhD scientist who reviewed the projects.
Dr. Barbara Schmidt - "Overall excellent work from all the students! I just saw these are 7th and 8th graders, not high schoolers.
I am pleased to see this level of competence at this grade level. Bravo!!"
Dr. Mansoor Amiji - "these are excellent projects. Overall, really impressive work."
Dhruv examined the effect of equine activity on soil’s nitrogen levels
Ayan was curious about how water quality is affected by turbidity, alkalinity, and dissolved oxygen
Sahith chose to explore alkalinity’s effect on soil quality and aquatic life
Narayan felt compelled to better understand the role of soil and water quality on equine pasture quality
All research was reviewed by
Dr. Steve Komar
Rutgers University, Extension Consultant
Dr. Mansoor Amiji
Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Dr. Barbara Schmidt
NJIN Faculty Advisor
Dr. Nandini Menon