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Fall Semester CSA Anouncment!

St. Rose’s Fall CSA

Providing fresh, local, organic produce to the Fordham Community since 2012

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9 Week Vegetable Share = $156

9 Week Fruit Share = $108

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Why you should read, “How much water do YOU use?”

According to the article, “How much water do YOU use?” there is a  lot of ambiguity and confusion regarding the amount of water Americans use and how to be more efficient with water conservation. There is many variations on the perceptions of water use especially in urban areas. Hopefully this article will clear that up!

“Many Americans are confused about the best ways to conserve water and have a slippery grasp on how much water different activities use, according to a national online survey conducted by Indiana University Assistant Professor, Shahzeen Attari. Experts say the best strategy for conserving water is to…” continue reading at:

One Cubic Foot in Central Park = 1000 Organisms

Now that the government furlough is in our rear view mirror, you might think about checking out “One Cubic Foot”, an exhibition in Washington D.C. that highlights the biodiversity within just one cubic foot of space in Central Park, NYC.

In a recent article , Jason Aloisio, St.Rose’s Founder, commented on the project. To read it, click on the image below.









St. Rose’s in the News

Fordham’s Ecologists on the West Coast

Fordham University Ecologists attended the 97th Annual Ecological Society of America Conference in Portland, OR in full force this year.   Ten delegates, including 8 graduate students, Dr. Jim Lewis (Biology Chair) and Dr. Stephen Freedman (Provost) were in attendance, and together contributed a total of three talks, and five posters (see below) to what proved to be the most highly attended meeting in years, with over 4200 people.


Jason Aloisio: Growing media affects edible plant production and leachate on a simulated rooftop farm

Jim Lewis: Rising CO2 shifts the balance between carbon and nutrient limitation of growth

Michael Sekor: Selection and adaptation to novel environmental conditions in introduced genotypes of the annual plant Brassica rapa


Beth Ansaldi: Gene flow and pollen limitation on experimental green roofs

Andrea Caruso: Physiological and morphological responses of the invasive grass, Microstegium vimineum, to varying resource availabilities

Alison Cucco:Microbial extracellular enzyme function and nutrient cycling along the New York City urban-to-rural gradient

Seth Ganzhorn: Genetic diversity of Manilkara maxima: An ecologically and economically important tree species from a biodiversity hotspot

Tim Kerin:Evidence of mycorrhizal host generality for hemlock woolly adelgid-infested Tsuga canadensis trees growing in a Quercus-dominated landscape

Graduate students Kaitlyn Parkins and Steph Tougas were also in attendance working as student volunteers.

Mt. Hood – A volcano located in the Oregon Cascades, taken while hiking Tom, Dick and Harry.

Eating on a Green Roof

Fordham PhD student Dustin Partridge talks about his research focusing on birds and their usage of green roofs.

Native Green Roof Plants

In a 2012 paper, Butler released a paper titled ” Native plant enthusiasm reaches new heights: Perceptions, evidence and the future of green roofs”, which revealed that landscape architects and architects most frequently published pro-native plant papers.  She also revealed that the rational for using native plants was frequently omitted from these published papers and that many of the papers comparing Sedums to native plants showed native plants to perform very poorly; however, one researcher, Jeremy Lunholm was the exception to the rule.

Lundholm uses the habitat template approach, whereby plants selected for green roofs are from ecosystems that are similar to the green roof environment such as coastal barrens where soils are nutrient poor and subject to frequent drought.  Under the direction of Matt Palmer (Columbia University) and in partnership with NYC Parks and Recreation the habitat template approach was used to select two local plant communities, Rocky Summit Grassland (located on the balds of local mountains) and Hempstead Plains (located on long island), which both have nutrient poor soils and frequent drought.  A city wide project is now underway assessing which plants from these communities are most well suited to the green roof environment.  Below, you can see they are performing well!

Butler, C., E. Butler and C.M. Orians. 2012. Native plant enthusiasm reaches new heights: Perceptions, evidence and the future of green roofs. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 11: 1-10.

Lundholm, J.T. 2006. Green roofs and facades: a habitat template approach. Urban Habitats 4:87-101