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Tricia Jenkins

Tricia Jenkins

Ph.D. Graduate Student

Urban Food Production, Vegetable Grafting

Kansas State University - Olathe
22201 W Innovation Drive
Olathe, KS 66061
Tricia grew up in Olathe, KS. She completed her bachelor's degree in natural resource management and organic agriculture at Colorado State University and then returned home to pursue a graduate degree at K-State Olathe. After completing her undergraduate degree, she had a strong interest in working with food crops and improving local food markets, so she was very excited to join the Urban Food Systems team in the postharvest and handling lab. Tricia is currently conducting two different tomato grafting research projects. One is looking at methods of improving the long-distance transportation of grafted tomato seedlings. The second project is investigating the effect grafting has on the yield, quality, and nutritional content of Tasti-Lee tomatoes grown in a high tunnel system. Tasti-Lee is a popular vine-ripened tomato variety that is bred to have higher lycopene content, making them more nutritionally dense than other store-purchased tomatoes. In her free time, Tricia loves to cook, bake, and enjoy time outdoors!