A Fruit Orchard Blooms in Lexington, KY

Last Friday, our Education team broke ground on the fruit orchard at “newest career and technical high school in Lexington, Kentucky,” the Locust Trace Agriscience Farm. Through the generous support from The UPS Foundation, we were able to plant multiple peach trees with several representatives from the school, and we hope to plant up to a thousand (including a native chestnut forest) over the next school year!

With a federal land grant to the Fayette County School District in Lexington, the school sits upon an incredible area of land, making it very likely one of the greenest schools in the country. (You can take a virtual tour here.) Locust Trace is “a state-of-the-art greenhouse with an aquaculture area for raising native fish, a soaring auditorium with a garage door for bringing in livestock and machinery, an expansive equine barn and arena and an on-site veterinary clinic. Students study in one of five programs; Intro to Agriculture, Environmental and Wildlife Science, Agriculture Power Mechanics, Equine and Vet Science and Small and Large Animal Science.” 

It is also “designed to be net-zero in energy through the use of photovoltaic solar panels and net-zero in waste disposal through the utilization of constructed wetlands.” During our stay there, our Education team saw horses, goats, sheep, chickens, and many varieties of fish all being utilized in a sustainable way for the students’ educational benefit. We look forward to continuing our work with this phenomenal school!