Forester Farms operates on-and-off-campus learning labs for Huntington University students. A subsidiary under the Huntington University Department of Agricultural Studies, Forester Farms provides a hands-on opportunity for students to work with livestock and row crops in a farm setting to be better prepared for life outside of the classroom.
Currently, Forester Farms raises fish in the aquaponics system in the Ware Greenhouse and raises two shorthorn cattle with a herd expansion in the near future. Forester Farms also grows commercial corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, and sweetcorn. Students and faculty work together to secure the inputs for the farm and work together to plant and harvest the crops.
Throughout the growing season, the crops are scouted by walking the fields and also by using drones and satellite imagery. Forester Farms partners with area farmers and organizations including: Fore Front Ag Solutions, BioDyne Midwest, AgPlus, and Dairyland Seed.
Don Strauss Animal Science Education Center (ASEC)
The ASEC will serve as home base those students pursuing degrees in agribusiness-animal production, animal science, and pre-veterinary medicine. The space will serve as a lab experience for those students enrolled in courses such as: Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition of Farm Animals, and Reproduction and Breeding.
Three Rivers Farm
The Three Rivers Farm will serve as a hands-on learning experience for those students pursuing degrees in agribusiness-animal production, animal science, and pre-veterinary medicine. The farm will serve as a lab experience for those students enrolled in courses such as Animal Health and Disease, Livestock Management and Production, and Animal Growth and Development. Additionally, students interested in joining HU’s livestock judging team or other competitive agriculture teams will use the space for their practices.