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New tractor means easier work at Appalachian’s teaching and research farm

tractor_t.jpgBOONE—The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Program at Appalachian State University has a new tractor thanks to a generous donation from Boone Kubota and support from the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

“The new tractor will be a great addition to the teaching and research farm,” said Chuck Smith, director of the sustainable development program. “Our 25-year-old tractor was weary and too small for our growing facility.”

tractor_t2.jpgAppalachian State University’s teaching and research farm has a new tractor, thanks in part to a generous gift from Boone Kubota. Pictured from left, are Boone Kubota employees Shannon Tolbert and Denny Norris, Chuck Smith, director of Appalachian’s Sustainable Development Program, farm manager Brooke Cuttino and associate professor Christoff den Biggelaar. (photo by university photographer Marie Freeman)

Farm manager Brooke Cuttino says the new, 25-horse power tractor with front-end loader will be used for mowing, hauling mulch, tilling, planting and other tasks associated with farming.

“The agricultural community in the High Country has a strong tradition of helping each other out and meeting each other half way,” Smith said. “Boone Kubota has kept this tradition by providing the Sustainable Development Program and the Teaching and Research Farm with a very generous in-kind donation. We are pleased to partner with Kubota in an effort to support sustainable agriculture and local food systems in the region.”

Experimental crops of broccoli, garlic, strawberries, lettuce and other vegetables and various fruit trees are grown on the farm. Information about the suitability of various crops for the area is shared with area farmers interested in cash crops, organic farming or alternatives to tobacco.

For more information about Appalachian’s sustainable development program, visit http://www.susdev.appstate.edu/.

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