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The Weblog is a forum for students to share up to the moment news stories and narrative experiences from the Berea College Farm. We hope you will return often to this feature of our online store.
In order to tell you about our unique operation,it is crucial to introduce you to the remarkable labor program of Berea College.
As you may or may not know, each student at Berea College is granted a full tuition scholarship upon acceptance. Part of the contract is a requirement to work on campus for the duration of their enrollment. Students work a minimum of ten hours a week and positions vary from residence facilities assistants (janitors) to beekeepers, cooks to accountants; Berea College students do it all. In fact, the College depends greatly on the work of its students. This is especially true for the Berea College Farms and Gardens.
Students who work in these areas devote a tremendous amount of time and energy to ensure the success of our operations. As with any agricultural business, this is a full time job and requires much responsibility. Students who work on the farm and in the greenhouses know that weekend commitments and evening hours are part of the deal.
They love what they do … And it shows.
We are committed to excellence in every aspect of our operation and a great deal of this comes from our student workers. From the pig pit to the hoop houses, diligence is our modus operandi.
Update on Biodiesel Project
This post expired on May 16, 2009.
This is to let everyone know that the pilot project for Biodiesel production has been completed!
Last week Nathan Hall, along with Bob Harned, tested the fuel in a couple of the farm tractors.
The result? Full function with a mild stench of Chinese food!
For those who are interested in learning more, Nathan and the department are currently working on a proposal for a bigger, better operation for the future.
If you would like to help, or know of any funding resources, please contact the Agriculture and Natural Resources department at 859-985-3591 or email us at:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for all your support and encouragement! Our biggest hope is to get more student interest and involvement so that when this next chapter in the project unfolds, we’ll have some help with it.