5:38pm

Thu August 11, 2011
Education

School on the Farm

More than 200 Fayette County students had the opportunity on their first day of school to get a ‘little closer to nature.’

Plant and land science, environmental bio-technology, and agriculture power systems are all areas of study at the new Locust Trace Agri-Science Farm.  The educational complex off Leestown road also includes a heavy emphasis in solar power.  In fact,  principal  Joe Norman says the solar paneled structures could help to power area homes

.“When we generate more energy, more electricity than we use, it goes back on the grid for K-U and actually we’re helping feed electricity for the surrounding community,” said Norman.

A large number of Fayette County students will have an opportunity to see firsthand veterinary medicine in practice.  Norman says instruction will include time in the animal operating room.

“The students will actually be able to watch the surgeries as they’re happening and ask the veterinarian questions and the veterinarian can talk through the procedure as they’re doing it, so students get an actual experience out of it,” added Norman.

18 year old Lafayette student Camila Modica (MOE-dah-kah) enjoyed her agriculture students at Lexington’s Eastside Technical School.  Now, she is one of the 250 students attending class at the new Locust Trace Agri-Science Farm off Leestown road.  Modica has been interested in equine matters for some time.  She says this program takes her even further in ag areas.

“Just what I liked, my life,  just expanded.  I started liking plants, dairy cattle, just beef cattle, just everything.  I like bore goats now.  I mean, you learn a little bit about everything,” explained Modica.

About 250 students comes from all over Lexington for classes during the morning or afternoon.