One of the primarily things Dr. Schroeder-Moreno does is provide leadership and teach for the agroecology education programs and courses, which includes developing and directing the Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (B.S.) major and the Agroecology minor programs.
Agroecology is a new multidisciplinary discipline that integrates ecology with agriculture for the development of sustainable agricultural practices and food systems. In other words, agroecology is the science behind sustainable agriculture. If you are interested in knowing more about agroecology or sustainable agriculture, consider enrolling in one of the agroecology classes below or the agroecology programs.
Throughout the agroecology courses and programs, Dr. Schroeder-Moreno’s goal is to train students as ‘future food system leaders’ that can critically analyze agriculture and food challenges from a multidisciplinary and holistic lens and develop sustainable solutions that are environmentally sound, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable. Dr. Schroeder-Moreno also serves as the Assistant Director of Educational Programs for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), a partnership among NC State University, NCA&T State University, and the NC Department of Agriculture and one of the leading facilities nationwide for sustainable agriculture research, education and extension.
Dr. Schroeder-Moreno additionally is the Director of the Agroecology Education Farm, a 6 acre student/community farm located near campus at the NC State Lake Wheeler Field station that provides experiential agroecology education opportunities for students and the greater community. Throughout all the agroecology courses and activities at the Agroecology Education Farm, Dr. Schroeder-Moreno emphasizes active and interactive learning where students learn from each other, from various experts in sustainable agriculture across a diversity of disciplines, from local sustainable farmers and from community organizations focused on sustainable food systems. Dr. Schroeder-Moreno serves as a NC State Community Engaged Faculty Fellow and encourages students to learn and serve the community through service learning experiences with community partners such as InterFaith Food Shuttle and advises for the student run Campus Farmers Market at NC State.
Dr. Schroeder-Moreno has been recognized for her innovation in teaching and received the NC State Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010, Teacher Fellow award from the North American College Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) in 2014, NC State Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award in 2016, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Croatia in 2015. She was also one of the founders and served as a previous chair of the national Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA).
Courses I Currently Teach:
Introduction to Agroecology (CS 230, 3 crdt) – Offered every fall face to face (CS 230-001) and offered online (CS 230-601) every spring. More information about enrolling in the Online Introduction to Agroecology course
Advanced Agroecology course and lab (CS 430/590, 4 crdt)- Offered every spring
Dr. Schroeder-Moreno also directs the CEFS Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program (CS 495, 6 credits), which is a unique team taught hands-on training program in sustainable and organic production, research and extension that attracts diverse students nationwide and internationally every summer at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). More program information and application information can be found at http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/getinvolved/internships.html
Dr. Schroeder-Moreno’s research is focused on is focused on understanding the multiple benefits of mutualistic mycorrhizal fungi on various crops and and associated sustainable soil management practices for a variety of production systems. In the last 8-9 years she has worked collaboratively across departments at NC State to understanding how composts, cover crops and mycorrhizal fungi can enhance sustainable production and soil health in strawberry production in North Carolina, especially for systems in transition out of fumigation.
- Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Their Responses to Nutrient Enrichment, ROOT BIOLOGY (2018)
- Farm to childcare: An analysis of social and economic values in local food systems, JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURE FOOD SYSTEMS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (2018)
- Soil-Test Biological Activity with the Flush of CO2: I.C and N Characteristics of Soils in Corn Production, SOIL SCIENCE SOCIETY OF AMERICA JOURNAL (2018)
- Participatory praxis for community food security education, Journal of Agriculture Food Systems and Community Development (2017)
- Effects of cover crops, compost, and vermicompost on strawberry yields and nitrogen availability in North Carolina, HortTechnology (2016)
- Environmental influences on growth and reproduction of invasive commelina benghalensis, International Journal of Agronomy (2016)
- Economic viability and environmental impact assessment of three different strawberry production systems in the Southeastern United States, HortTechnology (2015)
- Impact of location, cropping history, tillage, and chlorpyrifos on soil arthropods in peanut, Environmental Entomology (2015)
- Mycorrhizal-mediated nitrogen acquisition in switchgrass under elevated temperatures and N enrichment, Global Change Biology Bioenergy (2012)
- Influence of summer cover crops and mycorrhizal fungi on strawberry production in the Southeastern United States, HortScience (2011)