Edward (Ted) Carey, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources
Kansas State University

Vegetable and fruit research (40%) and extension (60%) specialist at the K-State Horticulture Research and Extension Center, Olathe, KS

Ph.D. 1985 - Horticulture (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
M.S. 1981 - Horticulture (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
B.S. 1979 - Plant Science (University of New Hampshire)

Research and extension interests

  • Season extension using high tunnels
  • Influences of production environment on nutritional value of organic and conventional produce
  • Compost teas for crop production
  • New grower training


Ted Carey joined Kansas State University in 1999 as a vegetable production research and extension specialist at the K-State Horticulture Research and Extension Center at Olathe, in the Kansas City metropolitan area. His research and extension activities aim to assist regional growers to serve local markets. While at K-State he has cooperated with growers and colleagues in Kansas and neighboring states to investigate and promote the use of high tunnels (unheated greenhouses) for crop protection and season extension, and to establish an apprenticeship training program, the Growing Growers Training Program, for new market farmers. He has also helped to establish the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture.

Prior to joining Kansas State University, Ted worked as a sweet potato breeder for the International Potato Center (CIP) from 1988 to 1999, first in Lima, Peru and then in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to that, he worked as a cassava breeder at CIAT in Cali, Colombia from 1985 to 1988. Much of Ted's work with both cassava and sweet potato was done in collaboration with researchers in national programs and was aimed at ensuring that improved varieties met the needs of resource-poor farmers in developing countries.

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