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Agricultural Innovation Center

Summer crew member harvesting carrots from the high tunnel
Harvest day in the field
Environmental Studies class lab hosted on the farm
Shepherd student learning how to use innovative farm tools
Farm Coordinator, Madison Hale, harvesting tomatoes from the high tunnel
Open house tour of the aquaponics lab
AmeriCorps member serving at Tabler Farm tending to the greenhouse seedlings
Summer crew member harvesting peas in the field
Farm Coordinator provides growing advice at the annual plant sale
Guest speaker leading a mushroom cultivation workshop at the farm
Snapshot of vegetable crops growing in the field
Shepherd student mentoring youth during a field trip

Shepherd University Agricultural Innovation Center

at Tabler Farm

The field site for the Sustainable Agriculture Program is located just one mile from main campus at Tabler Farm. The 158 acre property currently hosts a one and a half acre  production site including a high tunnel, field vegetable production plot, and a multi-fruit orchard,  an indoor aquaponics research lab, a small bee apiary, a newly established food forest, and solar energy.

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Program Overview

The Environmental Studies Program at Shepherd University has partnered with the Business Program and designed a program focused on sustainable agriculture production and agricultural business management. The production component focuses on the practical aspects of small-scale agricultural production including aquaponics. The business component will focus on entrepreneurship including marketing and how to establish successful business plans. The program will provide students with the technical skills necessary to embark on new careers including:

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