Extension Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dept. Plant and Soil Sciences, 1998
Sustainable Vegetable Production and Marketing Systems
A focus of my program has been to evaluate production and marketing systems for vegetable and herb crops, with an emphasis on crops popular among immigrant communities. Since 2003, farmers in Massachusetts made more than five million dollars in retail sales of crops introduced from my program, crops that had not been grown in Massachusetts before. A majority of the research done by my program is at the UMass Research Farm in Deerfield MA. We also evaluate practical postharvest and pest management strategies for these new crops. Our program works closely with nutritionists at UMass to provide nutritionally balanced and culturally-appropriate recipes for these immigrant groups. This webpage provides information on the crops evaluated and introduced by my program: http://www.worldcrops.org/
Starting in 2011, we have begun to work with urban growers as part of an overall systems approach to provide fresh produce to urban populations. As part of this work we’re also evaluating the carbon footprint used to produce and transport fresh produce to urban settings.
Mangan, F, Z. Barros, R. Orellana, M. Alvarado and F. Camarillo. 2013. Opportunities for Farmers in Mexico to Access Markets in the Northeastern United States.
Mangan, F., Z. Barros, R. Orellana, M. Alvarado and F. Camrillo. Proceddings of the XIV National Conference of Agricultural Sciences. April 25, 2013. 3 pp.
Howell, J, R. Hazzard, R. Bonanno, J. Bouche, F. Mangan, M. Hutton, G. Hamilton, V. Grubinger, B. Sideman, R. Wick. 2013. New England Vegetable Management Guide. Published by New England Land-grant Systems. 350 pages.
Mangan, F., Barros, Z., Fernandes , C., Moreira, M., Finger, F. and Almeida , G. 2012. Developing sustainable production practices for new tropical vegetables for the Northeastern United States. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 936:53–60. http://www.actahort.org/books/936/936_5.htm
Silva, E.O., M.S Rocha Bastos, N.J. Wurlitzer, Z.J. Barros and F. Mangan. 2012. Minimal Processing. Chapter in Advances in Fruit Processing Technologies, Rodrigues, S. and F. A. Narciso Fernandes. Editors. CRC Press. 454 pp.
Govindasamy, R. R. Van Vranken, W. Sciarapa, A. Aveni, V. Puduri, K. Pappas, J. Simon, F. Mangan, M. Lamberts, G. McAvoy. 2011. Ethnic Crop Opportunities for Growers on the East Coast: A Demand Assessment. Journal of Extension. http://www.joe.org/joe/2010december/rb2.php
Govindasamy, R., R. VanVranken, W. Sciarappa, A. Ayeni, V.S. Puduri, K. Pappas, J.E. Simon, F. Mangan, M. Lamberts, and G. McAvoy. 2010. Consumers' Shopping Patterns and Expenditures on Ethnic Produce: Case Study from the Eastern Coastal U.S.A. Journal of ASFMRA. Vol. 73, No. 1, Pg 36–49.
UMass Magazine: 2010: Outstanding in the field. http://umassamherstmagazine.com/2010/Spring-2010/Features/index.html
Mangan, F. R. Mendonça, M. Moreira. S. Nunes, F. Finger, Z. Barros, H. Galvão, G. Almeida, and M. Anderson. 2007. Production and marketing of vegetables for the ethnic markets in the United States. Revista Horticultura Brasileira. Horticultura Brasileira 26: 006–014.
Mendonca, R., F. Mangan, M. Moreira, A. Criswell, S. Nunes, and W. Autio. 2007. Adaptation of tropical pumpkin cultivars (Curcubita spp.) for production in the Northeastern United States. Proceedings of the InterAmerican Society for Tropical Horticulture. Vol. 50. ISSN-0245-2528. pp 1–6.
Goetz, S.J. K. Brasier, T. Kelsey, W. Whitmer, A. Rangarajan, D. Smith, T. Gabe, D. Kuennen and F. Mangan. 2007. “The Small Farms Industry Clusters (SFIC) Project.” in Denis Ebodaghe, Editor, Proceedings of the Fourth National Small Farms Conference, USDA, Washington, D.C., 2006, pp. 167–70.
Andersen, C. L. , R. Hazzard, R. Van Driesche, and F. X. Mangan. 2006. Alternative management strategies for control of Phyllotreta cruciferae and Phyllotreta striolata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) on Brassica rapa in Massachusetts. Journal of Economic Entomology vol. 99, no. 3, pp. 803–810.