Eric Gonzalez is a Cuban-American of French descent who was raised in Miami, Florida. After graduating from the Engineering and Agriscience Academy at Coral Reef Senior High, he enrolled at FIU where he is now pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability and the Environment. A year into his college studies, Eric discovered food forestry and thereafter joined the Agroecology Certificate and the Multicultural Scholarship Programs. He is currently interning with the Education Fund building community gardens for elementary schools. As an MSP scholar, he intends to research the ability of cover crops to convert naturally occurring phosphorus in the soil into a plant available form through symbiotic relationships with microorganisms under the mentorship of Graduate Research Assistant, Mary Tiedeman.