Title/s: Urban Agriculture Coordinator
Specialty Area: Sustainable Agriculture, Aquaponics, Local Food Systems, Greenhouse
Office #: BVM Hall 222
Kevin Erickson has an extensive background in rural and urban-based agriculture systems as well as aquaponics. Erickson began work on Organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) production farms in Georgia and California before moving to Chicago to work in Urban Agriculture. He has more than a decade of experience managing sustainable food production sites.
Erickson helped design and manage several urban agriculture sites in Chicago from 2009-2013 as a Manager of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest and Green Youth Farm programs, including the 2-acre Rodeo Farm at 26th and Western. He also worked as a consultant during this time in developing and managing urban farm systems and soil remediation for non-profit organizations.
- BS of Business Management, Bradley University (2006)
In 2013, Erickson joined IES and created the Urban Agriculture Program within the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, organizing all food production spaces, internships, and research into one cohesive program. The Urban Ag program exposes students to skills and knowledge in sustainable food production including crop planning, year-around harvest and distribution, integrated pest management, aquaponics production, beekeeping, and data analysis. Under Erickson’s leadership, the Urban Ag program has generated over $31,000 in sales revenue from campus grown products, harvested over 8,000 lbs. of food, and provided learning opportunities through research, internships, and volunteering for more than 1,000 Loyola students. In addition to the Urban Ag Program, Erickson manages the IES Greenhouse Lab, advises agriculture related student projects and LUC clubs, and is involved in community work to increase the scope and viability of sustainable, urban food production.
My research interests relate to developing viable solutions to urban and rural food production and involving IES students in this process.