Posts Tagged ‘Ecosystems’

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.










Inside Fordham Photo Essay of St.Rose’s Garden

A recent photo essay was published in the Inside Fordham Magazine

Check it out here : A Garden Grows in the Bronx

Below are a couple extra pictures taken that were not used for the photo essay. Meet at St.Rose’s Garden every Thursday at 6pm to help out, and check us out on FaceBook:

 A birds eye view of St.Rose’s Garden from the Fordham Parking Garage

St. Rose's Garden at Rose Hill.  (Aug 29, 2013) Photo by Bruce Gilbert

Lots of picking and weeding to be done!


Our Garden Manager, Maeve, and our Security Commander, Brendan


So Many Figs, but Stephanie is always up for Monkeying around!


The Garden Crew tasting some Purple Broccoli Flowers, Lauren, Melissa, Janice, Jill, and Hayley


All Photos taken by Bruce Gilbert

First of the Fall CSA

Amidst the torrential afternoon rain, the Fordham Community welcomed the first food delivery of St. Rose’s Fall CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Over 100 students, administrators, and staff came together to welcome the all Organic Norwich Meadows Farms as they delivered a bounty fit for kings: Melons, turnips, tomatoes, peppers, plums, grapes, lettuce, apples, squash, and corn. Almost 170 member shares were purchased, an increase of 30 from the previous year, the St.Rose’s grows!


It’s Not too late to sign-up for the CSA!

Fordham University’s Rose Hill Organic Food Co-Op 

St. Rose’s CSA

For Students, Faculty and Staff

Is accepting membership until May 1st

~$17 a Week Buys 6-8 lbs. of Locally Grown Organic Vegetables

Delivered Each Week For 22 ($370) Weeks to the Rose Hill Campus (McGinley Center)

Between mid-June & early-November, 2013

Supplier: Norwich Meadow Farms, Norwich, NY

The increase in cost from $330 to $370 was set by our farmer. He relies on capital from CSA shareholders in the beginning of the season to get up and running, without the need to take out loans. As an investor, you are getting excellent return on your investment because you will receive organic produce at a fraction of the cost from


It All Starts With A Seed

Today, we traveled to the Louis Clader Center, Biological Field Station of Fordham University, located just 35 min from Rose Hill Campus, if you drive like Lauren or Sabrina, but 25 minutes if you drive like a normal driving member of society. But that aside, we all made it up and planted almost 1000 seedlings in the Clader Centers Greenhouse!

Seedlings 2013

We planted all kinds of vegetables and fruits including (but not limited to) Purple broccoli, red cabbage, lettuce, asparagus, dinosaur kale, watermelon, orange fantasia chard, crimson tomato, fennel, beets, spinach, pimento sweet peppers, midnight zucchini, now peas, and much more!

St. Rose's Crew Planting 2013

Meetings are Thursday’s at 5:30pm.

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