UConn Alum Fights Food Insecurity with Hydroponics

hydroponic farm

ARE alum Christian Heiden '20 and his team at Levo International build a hydroponic farm at 455 Garden Street to help address food insecurity issues prevalent in Hartford's North End. Heiden founded Levo International in his first year at UConn while also taking part in an array of entrepreneurial development and support opportunities offered by the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Today, Levo provides turnkey solutions for any organization at any level, Heiden says, and they’re hoping to expand and replicate their work on Garden Street all around the city of Hartford and into other urban areas in Connecticut as well.

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UConn alumnus Daniel Munch on citrus production in the U.S.

graph of decline in citrus production in the U.S.

Currently employed by the American Farm Bureau Association, Daniel Munch authors report on the decline of citrus production in the United States. “Once leaders in citrus crop production, citrus farmers in the United States, particularly in Florida, have faced numerous challenges that have led to an unfortunate decline in domestic supply,” Munch said in the report.  Click here to read the full report.

CAHNR Honors Dedicated Alum, Richard DelFavero

Delfavero, CAHNR alum

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is naming a conference room in the W.B. Young Building after Richard DelFavero (CAHNR ’56, ’58), a dedicated alumnus who passed away in July 2020. The DelFaveros have provided transformational support for students in the department through the establishment of three endowed scholarships. In 2011, they also contributed to the establishment of the DelFavero Chair in Agriculture and Resource Economics, which has helped expand teaching and research capabilities.

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