Heritage Farm: Overview
As an educational institution, Tennessee Tech University sits in the center of one of the most beautiful tourism locations in the state and holds sway to key pieces of Upper Cumberland history. It is the responsibility of the university to preserve this history and educate others about their local and state heritage. TTU is one of only three institutions in the U.S. approved to offer a degree in Agritourism. Our charge is to preserve this history for our community while providing cutting-edge, hands-on, educational opportunities for our students.
To meet this challenge, the TTU School of Agriculture is creating Heritage Farm. The primary goal of this project is to utilize 9.4 acres of Tech Farm including the Shipley barn, to establish a working replica of an 1830's Upper Cumberland farmstead to provide a living laboratory for TTU students and a memorial to the agricultural history of the Upper Cumberland. The Heritage Farm would recreate a snapshot of crop and livestock production of the early 1800s while introducing current generations to the culture and lifestyle of that era.
For the School of Agriculture, the long-term benefits are:
- Provide work experience for students in the Agritourism concentration in the areas of facility management, consumer behavior, risk assessment, and entertainment planning.
- Create additional revenue streams to support the educational farm while maintaining teaching as the primary focus.
- Create a tangible connection between TTU and the community by directly connecting students to the history of the region.
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