In spring 2013, CAFES began the process of constructing a Master Plan for the Campus and Mann Valley farms. When completed, this Master Plan will serve as a guide for the development of the farms over the next 20 years. A planner from Vierbicher Associates, and our own campus planner, have led our steering committee of faculty and staff through several workshops to help us better define our needs now and into the future. The first phase included two days of facilitated discussions in May about the current state of the farms. The next session focused on the future of the farms - a wish list of sorts - and took place in late July. Students, industry representatives, campus and local community members were also invited to participate at various stages in the process.
Information from these two sessions were used to form two unique scenarios, or concept plans. We have come to the point where the two concept plans for each farm are ready to be presented for your feedback. One concept plan incorporates updates and improvements to the farms as they exist, the other offers some bold ideas for change. The best of each concept plan will be merged to create the final Master Plan for each farm.
Two maps are included in the draft final concept plan for each farm:
Some things to consider as you review the maps:
Feel free to offer any other comments too. We are on a tight timeline --- all feedback is requested by the end of the day on Friday, Dec. 6!