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A look back: Peabody’s Knapp Farm was early experiment in sustainability

by Jun. 18, 2018, 11:25 AM

Peabody College’s Knapp Farm featured a dairy barn housing what was likely the first herd of purebred Holstein cows in the South. (Vanderbilt Special Collections and University Archives)

The Spring 2018 issue of Vanderbilt Magazine takes a look back at Peabody College’s Knapp Farm.

When George Peabody College for Teachers first moved to its current location in 1914, across from Vanderbilt, no one talked about sustainability. Yet the idea became a centerpiece of the school’s mission to educate farmers, as well as to train the teachers who would educate the children of farmers. As a result, Peabody became the only teachers college in the United States to open a demonstration farm.

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