Cultivating the next generation of Farming Now.
Joined by the shared belief that we will need the next generation to invest in controlled-environment agriculture, we are working with our partners in education to support an AgTech ecosystem in our region.
AppHarvest AgTech Educational Programs
AppHarvest is investing in the next generation of Eastern Kentuckians by providing opportunities to specialize in entrepreneurship and high-tech agriculture. These educational programs will create new opportunities from within the region, setting participants up for success and establishing Central Appalachia as a hub for AgTech.
The AppHarvest AgTech high school curriculum, developed by leaders in the field, and taught by Community Director Ramel Smooth Bradley, includes information ranging from plant physiology to taking product to market. University-level programs will include an AgTech certificate and degree program.
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The University of Pikeville
We are working together to establish an AgTech certificate program at UPike, providing an Eastern Kentucky-based credential opportunity for students. The university also aims to expand course offerings to establish major and minor tracks. UPike students on AgTech tracks receive real-life experience, investing in the region before graduation.
Shelby Valley High School
We are working alongside Pike County Public Schools to build AgTech programming, educating students about growing career paths in this field locally. The initial team of student farmers is growing leafy greens, including red leaf lettuce and butterhead lettuce, in the AppHarvest container farm. The unit is a shipping container retrofitted with cutting-edge technology. Through the program, students are learning how to grow fresh food, from seed germination through harvest. The program will ultimately instill in the students how exciting it is to be an entrepreneur and will expand their technical skills.