On February 1, Agricenter International hosted the group Green Matters for Shelby County Women. This group was formed three years ago by the ladies of Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability and TDEC. It is a networking group that meets every few months to hear from a businesswoman, non-profit, or government group about something related to the environment. In the past the ladies have toured a few interesting places like the Household Hazardous Waste Facility and the MLGW Pumping Station. This month Christine Donhardt, the Director of Communications with Agricenter, was the guest speaker. Over 70 ladies learned about the education programs going on throughout the year at Agricenter. Meetings are free and open to the public, to be invited to future meetings email: email@example.com
Today at Memphis Ag Club, our very own Dr. Bruce Kirksey was honored as the 2016 Agribusiness Member of the Year. Bruce is our Director of Research at Agricenter.
Thanks to all who came out to the Farmer's Market Christmas Craft Show on December 3, 2016. We had a record number of vendors and sales! This show, which is sponsored by Agricenter, allows the Farmer's Market vendors and others to come have one last sale of the season. Check out these great pictures below of items that was available and hope you join us next year!
This year, on Tuesday, November 29, Agricenter International is participating with other local non-profits for #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.
Because of YOUR generosity, children are provided with enrichment classes at Agricenter that focus on science, technology, and the environment. Through hands-on learning at our research farm, students can better understand the natural environment and appreciate where their food and fiber come from. Hear from two local educators about what Agricenter means to them and their students.
Your gifts make this possible. But there is so much more to be done. Please make your gift to Agricenter today by clicking here.
Last week we hosted our first Energy Field Day. Over 300 students came to Agricenter to learn about all forms of energy. They traveled to each station to learn a new concept - wind, solar, human power, LED lights, etc..
Did you ever wonder what we do with the cotton we grow at Agricenter? Watch this video to find out:
We had a great time at Agricenter's Harvest Festival. Over 3,000 people joined in the fun. Thank you to the 91 volunteers and staff who helped make it a success! Check out this video of the event:
Last week I took a field trip out our back door to see the process at work! Delta Biorenewables, a start-up on the Agricenter campus, is one of the top producers in the country of sweet sorghum syrup (known as sorghum molasses in the South). - making about 10,000 gallons annually. A co-product is premium horse bedding, made from the plant fiber. From one acre of sweet sorghum cane grown at Agricenter (it’s taller than corn but is processed like sugar cane) Delta Biorenewables can make about 200 gallons of syrup and 2 tons of bedding. Drought tolerant sweet sorghum is a heritage crop. In 1890,it was grown in 44 states to produce 25 million gallons of table sweetener, but has been all but forgottensince being replaced by the refined white sugar industry around 1900.