In The Martian, after Mark Watney reestablishes contact with Earth, he says this:
I’ve gotten e-mail from rock stars, athletes, actors and actresses, and even the President.
One of them was from my alma mater, the University of Chicago. They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially “colonized” it. So technically, I colonized Mars.
In your face , Neil Armstrong!
Is there any evidence that this is true, either from those involved with the movie, those involved with the university, or any other article/source out there?
If this should be migrated to a different SE, by all means, point the way.