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Students picking tomatoes at the Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm.

Spotlight on: Teaching and research farm

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm at Appalachian State University’s Blackburn-Vannoy property is a gem hidden in the hills of Ashe County. The property spans more than 365 acres and provides a 157-acre tract for experiential learning. “The farm is a hallmark for Appalachian, and a resource for both the university and the community,” said Dr. Richard Rheingans, chair of the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development. “We aim to address food insecurities in the area, monitor land use practices and ensure our buildings are safe and functional while preserving the historical significance that makes the farm so unique.”