Sustainable Horticulture

Sustainable and Organic Horticulture

Sustainable and Organic Horticulture

Specialty crop production in Arkansas includes a diverse set of production practices and techniques. This program investigates production practices, including variety trialing and pest managment strategies. Specific outreach activities focus on soil health and practices to maintain productive soils. Research projects aim to identify the most economically viable solutions that minimize harmful effects on the environment.


Current focus areas: 

1. Soil health on Northwest Arkansas specialty crop farms

2. Variety trialing for specialty crops

3. Weed control strategies in specialty crop production

4. Automation and robotics in small scale specialty crop production


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Focus Areas: 

  • Small scale, diverse farming systems
  • Local and regional market farming, farmers markets, farm to school
  • High tunnels and protected production systems for season extension
  • Alternative crops
  • Campus sustainability  programs

Dr. Curt Rom is on the sustainability minor UG and Grad faculty and curriculum committee and on the campus Sustainability Council. Rom also conducts applied research on physiology and management of fruit crops, and alternative fruit crops. He has interest in the effects of environment on growth, development and cropping.