Goal 1: Construct an Organic and Sustainable Farm
Alfred State College has contracted with Agricultural Engineering Services, PLLC, (AES), Auburn to be the lead engineers for the College’s new Dairy Facility Expansion. The project will build facilities to teach, demonstrate, and do research on organic and sustainable dairy production, organic crop production, and diverse other livestock species raised humanely. AES is joined by Agricultural Consulting Services, Inc. of Rochester and Beardsley Design Associates of Auburn on the project. Alfred State College faculty and staff are working with them to plan details, with outreach to members of the community.
The design phase is nearing completion, with the expectation that construction will begin summer 2010. COSA's planning committee and advisory board are working together to develop a pasture management plan and transition dairy cattle to organic production. Half the herd will remain in conventional production for the sake of comparison and teaching.
The new facility will also accommodate other species, including sheep, alpaca, horses, and free-range poultry. In addition to pasture and hay, land is also used to produce organic vegetables, with additional land in transition. Alfred State College has acquired land in Groveland, NY and has begun to transition some of that land into organic production.