College students in Salinas, CA will soon have a fresh, new laboratory for agricultural study. Western Farm Press reports that Hartnell College has broken ground on its new Center for Applied Technology. The 40,000-square-foot, $23 million facility will house the college’s Agricultural and Business Technology Institute along with other career and technical education programs.
“We need to make sure that in addition to the world’s biggest fresh garden that we are the world’s freshest laboratory,” said Dennis Donohue, Salinas mayor, at the groundbreaking. “That will take place here.”
The new facility illustrates Hartnell’s commitment to the fact that agriculture is the economic backbone of the community, said Jim Bogart, co-chair of Hartnell College’s ag steering committee.
“We are committing resources and industry expertise into the facility and its agricultural curriculum because there’s a future in agriculture,” Bogart said.
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