The EnergyXchange is home to over 25 registered Berkshire pigs and allows students a hands-on learning experience in animal husbandry. The pigs are selectively bred and gilts are available for area high school students to raise responsibly. Mayland Community College also offers pork each year that has been raised sustainably and responsibly. The sale of the meat and the pigs helps balance the costs of raising them.
Donations towards the Berkshire Pig Project go towards improving the pig pen to include concrete pads to get the pigs up out of the mud and providing bedding and food – those pigs eat a lot!
Mayland Community College will begin offering a degree in Agriculture in Fall 2016, which will include working with the Berkshire pigs. For additional information on the Agriculture Program visit www.mayland.edu/academics
If you are interested in donating towards the Berkshire Pig Program you may give online or contact the MCC Foundation Office at 828-766-1275.
A portion of the Agriculture degree will include educating students on how to build, run, and harvest from a hydroponics system. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. The roots are suspended in a nutrient rich water solution or in a media such as perlite or gravel. This method allows for year-round production of vegetables. Currently, one system is under construction at the EnergyXchange and students will be growing spinach. After harvests, the spinach will be sold to help fund additional systems.
If you are interested in donating towards the Hydroponics Program at the EnergyXchange you may give online or contact the MCC Foundation Office at 828-766-1275.