Students were given the following prompt to participate in the 2017 GrowRIVERSIDE Conference:

“Students: Are you involved in research project or program related to food or agriculture? We would like you to present your work at the Regional meeting and the GrowRIVERSIDE Conference on March 29 and 30, 2017. Submit an online application to present by providing a maximum 300 word abstract. A Poster Judging Committee will select a first, second, and third place for high school, undergraduate, and graduate submissions, respectively.”

Student Poster Winners: High School Category

1st Place: Kaitlynn L., Norte Vista High School – $300 scholarship won

Title: Sustainable Eggstravagance

Summary: Laying hens is a cost-efficient way to providing your home with eggs, meat and fertilizer.  A laying hen can potentially produce an egg a day, a fresh egg can last up to two weeks.  Laying hens, if introduced to a male, can lay fertile eggs and in a twenty-one-day period to provide you with meat chickens to provide your home with meat, majority of the year.  Housing poultry also provides your lawns and gardens with a nutrient rich fertilizer year-round.  Overall, laying hens can provide you with many beneficial, cost-efficient outcomes.

2nd Place: Maria C., Norte Vista High School – $200 scholarship won

Title: Rabbits, More Beneficial Than You Think

Summary: Rabbit manure is a popular fertilizer for gardens, when the manure is mixed into the soil, it’s combination of available nutrients and well broken-down fiber gives incredible results.  They are also known to have one of the best white meats available on the market today.  Rabbits are very productive, they produce 6 pounds of meat on the same feed and water as the cow will produce one pound of meat on the same feed and water.  With all of their benefits, rabbits are economically friendly and are suitable for rural or urban areas.

3rd Place: Judith Z., Norte Vista High School – $100 scholarship won

Title: The Importance of Supporting Junior Livestock Auctions

Summary: A “Livestock auction market”’ means a place of business to which public may consign livestock for sale by auction open to public bidding or sold on a commission basis. The importance of supporting Junior Livestock Auctions leads to rapid growth of young people in FFA and 4-H having the experience, personal growth, development, resiliency and career success by showing how to raise and and properly maintain an animal for months before it is auctioned off. Without supporting these junior livestock auctions that give experience to those who want to learn at an early age, there will be a new generation where people won’t be getting fed enough in our economy.  These auctions are needed to give experience of how agriculture works in the world.

Student Poster Winners:  Graduate Category

1st Place: Josphat M., University of Redlands – $300 scholarship won

Title: Creating Riverside Food System Map & GIS Analysis to Identify Food Deserts with the City of Riverside

Summary: Developing a self-sustaining local food system contributes to economic, environmental and health status of a community. This process is gaining spatial interest in that consumers are increasingly interested in knowing where food is produced. Locally produced food is not only fresh but also contributes to local economies through local production and consumption. The Riverside Food System Food Map (interactive GIS web application) will help to stir genuine interest among consumers to know where food is produced as well as instill accountability among producers.  The identification of food deserts within the city of Riverside will enable city administrators and other relevant authorities including the USDA to facilitate programs that improve fresh food accessibility.  The web application was configured using Esri’s ArcGIS technology.