Horticulture Innovation Lab

Agricultural Innovations help Cambodian Farmers Thrive

October 03, 2019

This article originally appeared in The Washington Post.

With help from American researchers, they’re growing nutritious crops that boost their income.

They say a farmer’s work starts before dawn, but in Cambodia’s Battambang province farmers work together late into the night to prepare their vegetable harvest for the overnight bus ride to the capital city’s markets.

Moldy food can’t hide from this cheap tool

March 30, 2017

International farmers can protect their yield for pennies

‘DryCard’ takes the guesswork out of drying

How do you see dryness? Solar drying is a simple way for smallholder farmers to preserve their harvest, but knowing when food is dry enough to store is complex. UC Davis researchers invented a low-cost, easy-to-use tool that farmers can use to measure food dryness, called the DryCardTM.

More Irrigation and Climate-Smart Farming for Guatemala

August 04, 2016

Innovative practices geared for small-scale farmers

An international team led by UC Davis is working to connect 9,000 rural households in Guatemala with improved water management and climate-smart agriculture strategies, to increase food security and reduce poverty.

Green thumbs need apply

June 22, 2016

Deadline approaching for ‘Pitch-and-Plant’ campus gardening contest

Bright ideas and green thumbs are the only prerequisites for a campus gardening contest hosted by the Horticulture Innovation Lab.

At the Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center on campus, a few empty raised garden beds are waiting for some new plants. The “Pitch-and-Plant” gardening contest invites students and community members to help fill those garden beds with interesting plants.