The Princeton Vertical Farming Project (PVFP) has a team made up of several students:
Aamir Zainulabadeen ’18 and Joao Oliveira ‘19: They are developing a software system for PVFP which would collect data and use it to adjust nutrients/light/pH to the plants. Other goals of the system include making the data easily available for further analysis, and to apply machine learning to find useful models from the data which would identify which features of the farm contribute to better yields.
Jesenia Heynes '18: For her senior thesis, Jesenia is growing lettuce and kale in the PVFP using the Deep Water Culture technique, and measuring the energy and water required to grow the plants in the complete system. She plans to compare her results to conventional agriculture, to see how Princeton’s vertical farm ranks in terms of water use and energy efficiency.
Rozalie Czesana '18: Rozalie’s role has been in establishing connections across campus and raising awareness about the project, for example by working with Forbes College and Terrace F. Club, where she coordinated a parallel study in the greenhouse. In the near future she is excited about exploring the scalability of the farm, particularly its potential use in nearby food deserts such as Trenton.
Kyra Gregory '19: Kyra designs and manages the PVFP website and blogs the progress of the farm.
The exhibit includes photos documenting the progress of the School Bus Tiny House. The bus has been relocated from Philadelphia to Princeton, all unnecessary parts (like seats) have been removed, the house has been painted and floors and insulation have been installed, and now systems are being installed like electrical, water, propane and HVAC.
The small exhibit case features the Fall 2017 student-initiated seminar started by Artemis Eyster ’19 which is evaluating the ecological health of the undeveloped natural areas on campus to provide timely analyses to inform campus planning efforts.
SiSi Peng ‘19 and Julie Pourtois ’18 are analyzing the water quality of the Princeton’s three streams as they progress through campus to determine the impact of land use on steam health. The red dots on the map indicate the testing locations.
Kyle Duffey ‘19, Zach Smart ‘19, and Artemis Eyster ‘19 are collecting quantitative data on species abundance and diversity, soil compaction, and noise pollution to assess the current health and restoration potential of unprotected forest patches on campus.
Courtney Buoncore ‘18 aims to quantify the population size of white-tailed deer on campus and its impact on vegetation.
The forest patch along Elm Drive is one of the areas being studied.
In collaboration with the Forest Team, Benjamin Getraer ’19 will incorporate the class’s field research into ground truth classifications using GIS and compare them to current University classifications. He will also analyze the difference between unprotected and protected land on University property to assess the impact of University land management policy.
Lake Carnegie Team
Emily Geyman ’19 and Alec Getraer ’19 are collecting data on water depth of Lake Carnegie and comparing it to earlier surveys (see accompanying map) to study how changes in land use on the Princeton campus are recorded in the pattern of sedimentation in Lake Carnegie.