Field Gives SC Students Real-Time Experience

A field just outside Sheridan College's Mars Agriculture Center provides a real-time ag experience for students. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A field just outside Sheridan College's Mars Agriculture Center provides a real-time ag experience for students. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Students in agriculture classes at Sheridan College need only walk out the door of the college's Mars Agriculture Center to see, in real time and real life, what they're studying in the classroom.

Chuck Holloway, who's an ag instructor at the college, said that makes a big difference.

What's allowing this difference is a fenced-in field of about 2.5 acres that is just outside the front doors of the agriculture center.

Formerly used by the University of Wyoming Research and Extension Center, the land now has been reclaimed by Sheridan College to give ag students a field lab experience.

The field has been planted with rangeland shrubs, grasses and forbs as well as horticulture plots that include an orchard with fruit trees. There's also a hops trellis.

Instructor Ami Erickson said the plan for that is to partner with the breweries in Sheridan. She said Blacktooth in particular has been interested in buying hops grown at the college. Erickson said the field also will be used in the spring by a vegetable production class.

There's also a covered outdoor classroom in the field, where students can sit when weather permits.

Holloway said the college has received phenomenal support from Whitney Benefits, both in funds for the facilities and for advice and input from Whitney board members.

Covered seating allows for outdoor classes when weather permits. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Covered seating allows for outdoor classes when weather permits. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Orchard trees add to the educational experience. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Orchard trees add to the educational experience. (Photo by Pat Blair)
SheridanWyoming.com

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