School of Sustainable Agriculture to be unveiled


CENTERVILLE — The new Morgan E. Cline School of Sustainable Agriculture on the Indian Hills Community College Centerville campus is about to be unveiled to the public. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility is slated for Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5:00 p.m.

The centerpiece of the complex, made possible by a $500,000 gift from philanthropist Morgan Cline, is a sustainable greenhouse which promises to be a model for food production. The ribbon-cutting will actually be held inside the greenhouse which is located near the Barn on the Centerville campus.

Brydon Kaster, who is the director of the complex and heads the IHCC Sustainable Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Program, said all of the soil is in for the greenhouse operation and about half of the plants are already in the ground.

According to Kaster, Indian Hills students will be included in all stages of production and management for the greenhouse. A student in the program will gain experience growing many different crops that could have a tremendous economic impact in the region. They will also be able to develop business plans for marketing the products that are grown.

A significant range of hands-on experiences and training will be available for those interested in commercial and private food production. The facility will offer a wide range of programs for those interested in sustainable agriculture, whether for personal gardening and consumption, or commercial food production.  These programs will help to develop the facility into a true community asset and a destination for area visitors and school groups.

The ribbon-cutting event will include a brief program and tours of the greenhouse. Parking will be available in lots on both sides of the Centerville campus.