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The Mission Farm Project is self-sustaining and located on Asbury University’s Palisades Farm. It is used to train students in cross-cultural agriculture settings. The farm has a chicken coop, greenhouse, bee hives, and occasionally houses other small animals, like rabbits.

In the 1-credit Mission Farm course (BIO 121 and 122), students learn about practical, sustainable agriculture. They are taught basic skills to plan, establish, maintain, harvest and use a crop, and the students explore how to adapt to other cultures and utilize local resources in an intercultural field.

Students learn about:

    • Soil and water use
    • Planting, sowing, and harvesting crops
    • Food preparation
    • How food relates to people of other cultures
    • How local foods improve our diet
    • Construction of various buildings
    • Animal husbandry
    • Teamwork
    • How to use food to show love to others

The work is interdepartmental:

  • Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enroll in the course.
  • The course instructors span four departments and two universities.
  • There are guest speakers from agricultural missions around the world
  • Students receive advice from experts in various fields.
  • The class takes field trips to agricultural sites.

 

Contact Dr. Marvin Ruffner if you have any questions.