Student enterprises put Berry on list of top college farms

Berry Bees

Opportunities available through Berry’s increasing number of agriculture-based student enterprises earned the college placement on a listing of America’s top 20 college farms. Also named were such notable universities as Michigan State, Clemson, Yale and Duke.

In making its selections, Best College Reviews used criteria that included farm size, sustainability, course offerings, student involvement, and integration with the main campus and community at large. The authors praised Berry’s student enterprises as “an innovative entrepreneurial education program in which students start their own businesses in conjunction with staff or faculty co-managers.”

There are now eight student enterprises operating under “The Berry Farms” umbrella: AgriEducation, Angus Beef, Berry Bees, Blue Hen Eggs, Genetics, Jersey Milk, Martha’s Herbs and Season’s Harvest. Planning is under way for The Berry Farms Store, a front-porch type of store on Martha Berry Highway that will include retail space and a creamery/processing area for making artisan cheese from Berry milk. The store is a priority of the LifeReady Campaign.