Heartland Community College news
A Heartland Community College class used a 75-acre farm as its textbook. Heartland’s introduction to regenerative agriculture class toured Epiphany Farms to see firsthand a working farm and event venue that focuses on sustainability and a farm-to-fork concept.
The Illinois Soybean Association is a sponsor of the Heartland Community College Soils Lab, which is part of the college’s new modern ag complex designed to serve the educational and ag workforce needs of central Illinois.
Heartland Community College kicked off the construction of a 29,500-square-foot-facility and outside growing labs which will support agriculture programs and the next generation of ag students.
The current food production system is extracting wealth and disinvesting in rural communities, according to a food systems analyst.
Normal Community High School made a commitment to an expanded agriculture program and hired its first full-time ag teacher in 2014. It was a good move, as the number of students taking ag classes increased from 75 to 80 the first year to about 200 students this school year.
Heartland Community College’s principles of regenerative agriculture class went to the heart of the matter recently when students visited Sunnyside Community Garden and Food Forest.
Illinois will spend $15 million on two academies that will train hundreds of workers in advanced manufacturing skills, with the first students enrolling later this year, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said.