"A facility where students, throughout their undergraduate career in Agronomy, can develop technical skills and intellectual competencies through site experiences and field investigations."
The Learning Farm facility is being developed on approximately 80 acres at the Department of Agronomy North Farm, located within three miles of the departmental building, in Manhattan, KS. The Learning Farm is a cooperative effort among College of Agriculture teaching faculty to incorporate a series of hands-on experiential learning activities throughout the four-year Agronomy curriculum.
North Learning Farm Map
General Information: People Research Soils
Specific Field Information:
Learning Farm's Gleaner F3 donated by Monsanto
Learning Farm's tractor and grain drill
Experiential Learning & Agronomy Curriculum
Student hands-on learning activities at the Learning Farm will be coordinated across the entire Agronomy curriculum and other courses in the College of Agriculture. This includes:
- Laboratories and group exercises that have students from many courses travel to the Agronomy North Farm for walking, observing, sampling, analyzing, interpreting the information gathered, and developing problem-solving skills
- Undergraduate Learning Farm assistantships and summer internships will have students working on research projects and field activities throughout the year with teaching and research faculty
- Use GPS and GIS capabilities to record all the outcomes of each student and classroom visit (potential fields), such that each soil sample location, weed observation, fertilizer and agrochemical prescription and application map, and yield map are recorded
- Develop the dedicated website where progress and annual reports, GIS database, and student assignments and projects are maintained
USDA-Higher Education Challenge Grant
The development of the Learning Farm is funded through a USDA-HEC grant and this project addressed three of the four HEC targeted need areas. These include:
- Curricula design and materials development through the modification of eleven courses in the Agronomy curriculum and addition of one new course
- A new instruction delivery system which is the Learning Farm
- Student experiential learning activities (course work, undergraduate research assistantships, or summer internships) to be held at the Learning Farm
This website provides Learning Farm information available for current and future students.