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Brick sale to help fund new nature center at Hocking College

by Matt Berry

As renovations continue on the Hocking Woods Nature Center, Hocking College has announced a way for community members to help fund the new center and leave a lasting legacy.

Parks and Museum Education students are selling engraved bricks that will create a path through the center’s edible garden.

Students from the college’s Agroecology program will plant the garden, furthering a collaboration between programs the new center has created.

“This new nature center will serve as a showcase for the students in the natural resources programs, and other programs at Hocking,” Jason Szostek, Parks and Museum Education program manager, said.

Parks and Museum Education students did the design work and community focus groups for the new nature center. Carpentry and Electrical students have worked on the renovations of the building. Fish Management students will care for the aquariums and manage the fish population in the nature center. Other students from the School of Natural Resources will help to lead programs and work at the nature center.

The new nature center will be in the former daycare center on the south end of Nelsonville campus. Part of the funding to create the center comes from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. In addition to the edible garden, the center will have exhibits on trees, Ohio geology, native animals and pollinator habitats. It will meet standards from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Zoological Association of America.

The engraved bricks will be sold until May 1. A four-by-eight-inch brick with three lines of text costs $100. An eight-by-eight-inch brick with six lines of text costs $200. There is a limit of 20 characters per line.

Order forms are available online and can be dropped off with payment to the School of Natural Resources office in the Natural Resource building. For more information, contact Cole Potts by email at pottsc28274@hocking.edu or Jason Szostek by email at szostekj@hocking.edu.

Agroecology Students Host Farm-to-Table Event

by Tracey A. Maine

On Wednesday, October 10, 2019, students in Hocking College’s Agroecology department held a Farm-to-Table brunch at historic Robbins Crossing from 11AM-Noon.

A Farm-to-Table event is a unique dining experience that encourages guests to sample foods that have all been grown, processed and prepared locally.  

The Growing Impact of Biodynamic Farming

by Tim Brunicardi

One of the most increasingly popular trends in the farming industry is biodynamic agriculture.

Hocking College Welcomes New Agroecology Program Manager, Sasha Sigetic

by Tim Brunicardi

Hocking College recently welcomed the new Agroecology Program Manager, Sasha Sigetic.

Hocking College & Tri-County Partner to Cultivate New Garden Project

by Tim Brunicardi

Community Food Initiatives, which is a recent partnership between Hocking College’s Agroecology program and Tri-County Career Center’s (TCC) Culinary Arts program, will be supplying local non-profits and food banks with fresh, home-grown vegetables.

Why You Should Consider Hocking College For An Agroecology Degree

by Tim Brunicardi

Nestled in the foothills of Appalachia, surrounded by the beauty of Wayne National Forest, Hocking College is an exceptional two-year college that will prepare you for the next step in your educational evolution.

Become an Agroecologist: What Are The Academic Requirements?

by Tim Brunicardi

Depending on what your career goals are, the academic requirements for jobs in the agroecology field can vary. For instance, those who are interested in becoming an organic farm certification specialist, or an agricultural inspector, should probably pursue an associate degree. However, if you are more interested in a director/ administrative position, more years of formal education are often necessary.

What Job Opportunities Can You Get With An Agroecology Degree?

by Tim Brunicardi

Sustainabilitywhich is the main focus of agroecology, is becoming more and more widespread. Jobs in this field are growing, and students who get an agroecology degree from Hocking College will be able to fill the following job titles:

What Is Agroecology?

by Tim Brunicardi

Have you heard of the term Agroecology? Have you ever wondered what is agroecology? Agroecology is the study of agriculture from an ecological perspective. This unique form of science is based on the recognition that agricultural areas are ecosystems that interact with and influence those neighboring them. The discipline of agroecology provides novel solutions where resources are limited.

Hocking College to Offer Agroecology Major

by Tim Brunicardi

Hocking College is offering an exciting new program this coming fall!

Agroecology is a 2-year degree program that will train students in soil remediation methods, sustainable growing techniques, and cutting edge developments in organic and sustainable agriculture. Students will find out everything they need to know on what Agroecology is.

Hocking is partnering with a microbe-based remediation company based in Columbus called Alpha-Omega, as well as with a non-profit foundation that will operate a farm adjacent to Hocking College. This allows us to be the only 2-year college in Ohio to offer an Agroecology program of this kind. 

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