Construction of School Farm Underway

LEXINGTON, Ky. – By this time next year, agriculture students in Lexington will be getting their hands dirty on their very own farm. Fayette County Public Schools broke ground Wednesday on the Locust Trace AgriScience Farm.

Carrie Davis, who teaches agriculture at Eastside Technical Center, says students will get valuable experience in a variety of areas.

"Just about everything you could image agriculture to be. There'll be livestock and horses, and there'll be small animals and rabbits and poultry, and our greenhouses, and we'll have crops and hay. And we'll have to take care of our animals and plan ahead and make sure we raise enough hay to feed them."

Current Eastside student and FFA chapter president Camila Modica is looking forward to learning at the 80-acre campus on Leestown Road.

"You get to learn so much more in an ag class than you do in any other class. It is total commitment and work every single day."

The Locust Trace AgriScience Farm is expected to open next fall. The $18-million dollar project will include a classroom building with lab space, a barn, and a horse arena.