The Field Station is five minutes from KSU’s Kennesaw campus. Before the area became an interdisciplinary research space, it was a cement-mixing plant owned by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). While toxic chemicals were not necessarily dumped into the soil, enough damage was done to strip the soil of active microbial communities.

Once the site came under the control of KSU, Operations Manager Michael Blackwell began remediating the soil. This remediation was done in a number of ways: trucks from KSU occasionally pick up leaves from campus and take them to the farm to mulch the soil. Originally this organic matter was being disposed of in the landfill.

Another form of bioremediation using mushrooms is carried out at the KSU Field Station. Straw also used in this remediation method comes from Fall and Halloween decorations on campus. The leaves come from campus facilities vacuuming them up off the grass, and the wood chips comes from a timber company. In this situation, the KSU Field Station is using materials that would end up in a landfill and, instead are used to create the perfect growing medium for mushrooms which in turn prepare the earth for production.

Today, the KSU Field Station is managed by the Office of Research and provides a number of teaching, learning, and research opportunities for faculty and students

Field Station Remineralization


1875 Hickory Grove Rd NW
Acworth, Georgia 30102

Latitude: 34.062117
Longitude: -84.603800