"Farming for the Future"
The UNCP campus garden aims to provide the means for students, faculty, and staff to participate in an environmentally conscious food production model while experiencing the values of community engagement and sustainable agriculture.
What does Sustainable Agriculture include?
Environmental Sustainability - Developing farming practices that mimic ecological systems
Economic Viability - Being able to support a family and preserve land productivity
Social Justice - Practicing fair and humane for humans and animals
Student Farm Goals
Provide hands on leadership and management training for UNCP undergraduates
- Develop the capacity for experiential learning about sustainability, food and community involvement
- Provide a place to conduct sustainable agriculture research
- Host food and agriculture related classes and workshops for students and area residents
- Give students the opportunity to grow vegetables organically
- Help students address the issues of hunger within the local community
- Sell sustainably grown produce to the cafeteria
- Get local K-12 kids involved with the farming process; learning where food comes from
- Encourage Alumni involvement and donations
Fun Facts about Sustainable Agriculture
* Sustainable agriculture is the fastest growing sector in U.S. agriculture.
* Studies show that sustainable farmers can produce as much food as conventional growers.
* Organic farms create more jobs and are more profitable than conventional farms.
Kids in the Garden
Middle and high school students explore the topic of bees, honey, pollen, and pollination alongside scientists and science educators, as well as practicing the engineering design process. These students experience STEM related content to its fullest extent! Students conduct research in a college setting, take field trips such as to Bayer Bee Care Center to learn about the importance of honey bees and to the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens. Students will have the opportunity to experience the clarity of life by using an electron microscope as well as many other laboratory equipment. At the UNCP Campus garden students use drones and geographic information systems (GIS) to map manage, study, and map the life in the garden! The BEE the Change curriculum about pollen and pollinators is available for teachers who would like to begin their own programs at their schools!
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Bees in the Garden
Honey bees, native bees, and other pollinators play an essential role in the pollination of a large number of flowering plants and food crops. Promoting and studying bees and good bee health is a critical part of our healthy environment. At the UNCP garden we have different types of honey bee hives as well as native bee hives and the plants that are important to them. We are studying ways to support pollinators and pollination.