Did you know the leaves of the sweet potato plant are also a tasty, nutritious food? In Ethiopia, where sweet potatoes can be a staple crop, a UC Davis student recently helped farmers reconsider their sweet potato crop in a new culinary light.
The Horticulture Innovation Lab has awarded 15 new Trellis Fund grants to organizations in Africa and Asia, matching these new projects to 16 graduate students who will provide agriculture expertise requested by the organizations.
Sometimes it helps to reconnect with what motivates your work. For Karin Albornoz, Ph.D. student, that means getting out of the lab and working with small-scale farmers to improve postharvest handling practices.
As student manager of the Trellis Fund, Elyssa Lewis writes experiences and impacts from this program that matches graduate students to organizations in developing countries for short-term horticulture projects.