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
- 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.