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Kentucky State University’s College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems is partnering with The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center

FRANKFORT — Kentucky State University’s (KSU) College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems is partnering with The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Lexington to educate middle school and high school students about urban agriculture and sustainable food production.

Fresh-OP at The Lyric is an eight-part workshop series that will give students hands-on experience in designing, planning, and planting a garden in an urban setting. The students will be given information about each of the gardening processes – such as barrel gardening, vertical gardens, aquaponics gardening, raised bed gardening, and straw bale gardening – as well as in-person demonstrations and the seeds and tools necessary to complete the project. Agriculture experts from KSU will help facilitate the projects and students will take home weekly giveaways.

An exciting partnership between the land grant university and the historic cultural arts center, The Lyric will offer an emphasis on diverse culture, African-American heritage, and the arts to this educational program.

The workshop series will run for eight Saturdays between February 11 and May 20 and aims to introduce the concepts of food production and self-sustainability to help students understand where their food comes from and illustrate that anyone can produce their own food.

KSU Agriculture, Food, and Environment student and farm technician Trevor Claiborn, also known as Farmer Brown Tha MC, will lead the Fresh-OP workshops and encourage students to get involved in urban agriculture. As Farmer Brown, Claiborn produces educational hip-hop songs and videos based on agriculture and the natural sciences. His programs for middle and high school students educate young people on how to produce sustainable and efficient foods and goods as well as teaches them innovative ways to learn about environmental science.

To learn more about Farmer Brown’s initiative, explore some of his videos:

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ABOUT KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY

Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 land grant University affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 1,700 students.