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Harvesting summer crops in the high tunnel
Caring for spring seedlings in the heated greenhouse
Transplanting tomato plants into the high tunnel
Student volunteer harvesting eggplants
Farm Coordinator, Madison Hale, gives tour of farm to volunteer group
Mowing crimson red clover cover crop to use as green manure
Tour of aquaponics facility
Volunteer group for the first planting of our native food forest
Summer farm employees harvesting sweet potatoes

Program Overview

The Environmental Studies Program at Shepherd University has partnered with the College of Business 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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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 160 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.