SD Mines iGrow


Our Mission

 Our mission is to help develop agriculture and gardening practices on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Much of the Pine Ridge Reservation is considered a food desert, or an area without a grocery store. The residents of the reservation deserve to have access to fresh produce. Our project will help the resident supply themselves with vegetables and fruits.

Our Projects

Our primary project is a seed starter system which could be easily constructed and used in the home of a Pine Ridge resident. The design for this system is not yet complete, we are analyzing a number of solutions and hope to have a protoype by the spring of 2017.
 Secondary projects include a greenhouse rail system and vertical gardening system. The rail system would also be for the SDSU extension and would allow for certain areas of their garden to be covered at specific times, depending on what is being grown where. The vertical gardening system will be for a greenhouse at Youth and family Services, it will be an example to teach gardening techniques to children and adults in the community.


Project Partners

SDSU Extension

Jason Schoch and Patricia Hammond are our main partners at this office. They are headquartered in Kyle on the Pine Ridge reservation.

Youth and Family Services

This is our secondary partner, as of right now our team is too small to handle any of its projects while we work with the SDSU Extension.


Project Reports


Our Team

Will Smith  

Will Smith

Civil Engineering


Kate Wyeneth  

Kate Weyeneth

Metallurgical Engineering

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Samuel Irwin

Civil Engineering


Karli Mattson
Mechanical Engineering



Katherine Giorgio

Applied Biological Sciences




Advisors and Collaborators

Dr. Andrea Surovek CEE (  

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