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Johnson County Community College Plows a Campus Farm

Monday, December 06, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
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When the northwest corner of campus was plowed to create a vegetable farm this fall, the land came full circle after more than 40 years from farm to suburban landscape back to farm.

Mike Ryan began his duties as the campus farm and community outreach manager on Aug. 17, overseeing a two-and-a-half acre, four-season vegetable farm in support of the sustainable agriculture entrepreneurship certificate programhospitality management program and the community.

Students in the sustainable agriculture entrepreneurship certificate program are required to complete three semesters of a practicum, learning a broad range of tasks facing the market farmer – planning, planting, harvesting, delivering, marketing, selling and bookkeeping. Previously, students completed their practicums at the Kansas State University Research and Extension Center in west Olathe, miles from the program’s classes offered at the main JCCC campus or Lawrence.


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