Case Farm Contributions

The Farm's contributions to campus research include growing several types of plants at the November Research Greenhouse to provide research material in the area of neurobiology and bioengineering. Tobacco and ditura plants are delivery to Dr. Mark Willis on regular basis to help support his moth colonies for neurobiology studies. Starting in spring 2012, the Farm staff is growing another species of tobacco plants for Dr. Nicole Steinmentz to be used on her research of tobacco virus and cancer

Research

Over the years, the university farm has become a major resource for research and educational studies. A variety of professors have conducted studies and lab experiments in the areas of plant competition, plant physiology, herpetology and pond ecology.

More than 3,500 students and faculty visit the farm annually to take classes. Around 21 courses for undergraduate and graduate levels utilized the indoor and outdoor facilities at the farm. Courses included the fields of terrestrial and aquatic ecology, herpetology, entomology, geology, engineering and visual arts, as well as training courses for nurses and language immersion programs.

The new Farm bus for all students, faculty and staff is connecting the main campus with the Farm (Green campus). Transportation has been key to expanding academic activities on site. There are 40 faculty members and students that are actively doing research at the farm in the areas of ecology, environmental studies, local food production, nutrition, engineering, conservation, and carbon sequestration. Projects included undergraduate research, senior projects, capstone and graduate research.