Dr. Garcia's research integrates principles and practices of horticulture, economics, and pest management to aid in the sustainability of farming enterprises. Primary research objectives include cultural practices such as cultivar performance, plant nutrition, organic production, and protected agriculture to extended-season production utilizing tunnel technologies. Tunnel technologies provide growers a means to expand the growing season while often reducing pesticide inputs because of the protected environment in which crops are grown.
Local food systems efforts are driven by our goals to 1) develop new markets that purchase locally grown and raised foods, 2) support existing markets that offer locally grown and raised foods, 3) increase the capacity of local growers to meet the needs of new markets, and 4) encourage a just and inclusive local foods economy. Collaborations with the UA Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, Northwest Arkansas Farmers’ Market Alliance and participating markets, Fayetteville Public School district, the Jones Center for Families, and others support our projects and activities in this area.
A partnerships with farmers’ market in the NWA Farmers’ Market Alliance to provide the Farmers’ Market Double Your Dollar project. This project provides a 1:1 match for produce, proteins and plants for SNAP and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program recipient. Find more details at, https://marketsnap.uark.edu/
A planning grant from the USDA Local Foods Production Program to Building the Capacity of the Northwest Arkansas Food System in collaboration with the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market and the Fayetteville Pubic School district. The goal of this project is to identify and address challenges and opportunities to a local foods aggregation-distribution system in NWA.