A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems’ High Tunnel Complex during the board meeting on April 25.

The one-acre campus site features four solar-heated greenhouses, where students can conduct replicated research trials and apply horticultural skills throughout the school year.

“The complex is designed to teach,” KSU President Mary Evans Sias said. “It demonstrates sustainable agriculture.”

The low-input greenhouses, called high tunnels, were built by KSU students and research staff using U.S. Department of Agriculture Capacity Building Grant Research and Teaching Funds to increase yields and extend the season for local fruit and vegetable production.

“This high tunnel is unique in the state of Kentucky,” said Teferi Tsegaye, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems.