Andrea Basche

Kendall Science Fellow

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Andrea Basche is a Kendall Science Fellow in the UCS Food & Environment program. Her research focuses on the potential for agroecological farming systems to reduce the risk and costs of increasing drought. In addition to her work on the benefits of ecologically-based farm practices, she helps further UCS research into the links between agriculture and climate. See Andrea's full bio.

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Love Local Food? Here’s a Promising Way to Protect the Local Land that Grows It

Does your heart beet for farmer’s markets? Do you carrot all about protecting the soil? This Valentine’s Day, lettuce dive deeper into a promising solution for simultaneously protecting land for local food production, ensuring more sustainable agriculture, and creating opportunities for beginning farmers: land trusts. Read more >

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California Floods Remind Us To Make Agricultural Water Conservation a Top Priority

Yes, you’ve been reading the headlines correctly the last few weeks. There’s been so much rain in drought-stricken California that excess water has led to flooded homes, damaged roads, dangerous mudslides and tragically, several fatalities. To make matters worse, the abundant rainfall hasn’t even cured the state’s current woes. Read more >

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On World Soils Day, Five Fun Facts About the Underdog of Natural Resources

Happy World Soils Day! We seem to hear a lot about the importance of clean water and clean air, but soils less frequently get the attention they deserve. Read more >

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The Second Worst Flooding in Iowa History That You Probably Didn’t Read About

“No news is good news” was a take-home message from heavy rains that soaked Northern Iowa in late September, raising river levels to their second highest mark ever. Thanks to proactive work of emergency responders, community leaders, flood scientists and eager volunteers, there were not damages on the scale of other recent deadly floods in Louisiana and North Carolina.

However, the increasing intensity and frequency of heavy rainfall means that the damages escaped this time around should not lead to complacency. Rather, even more proactive planning will be required, particularly in agricultural areas, in order to prevent future floods from making headlines. Read more >

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Sonia and me last summer outside of her mobile produce market that she stocks full of vegetables and delivers to neighborhoods in need in Cedar Rapids.

We Can Help Veterans, Bolster an Aging Agricultural Workforce, and Reduce Food Insecurity. Here’s How.

This Veterans Day, I wanted to profile an amazing veteran-turned-farmer, Sonia Kendrick, and share her inspiring vision for how increasing opportunities for new farmers might eliminate food insecurity. Sonia’s channeled her post-war trauma into a successful non-profit that grows healthy food across her hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Through her organization she also trains beginner farmers, something needed on a large scale to succeed the current aging agricultural workforce. Read more >

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