Agriculture has been an important part in the history of the predecessor of Andrews University, Emmanuel Missionary College (EMC). Back in 1901, the site for EMC was selected for its excellent gardens, orchards, and fields. Students grew and marketed food crops to gain practical knowledge as well earn their tuition. The academic aspect of agriculture began around the time of World War I with the first graduates from the Agriculture Department in 1918. In the years since, the focus of the Agriculture Department has varied depending on the needs and trends in the field. Today our Department is made up of four main program areas: Agribusiness, Animal Science, International Agriculture Development, and Landscape Design.
The Mission of the Agriculture Department at Andrews University is to transform our students as they are educated to: Seek Knowledge: Learn current, sustainable practices and procedures in their chosen area of agriculture based on a strong scientific foundations and hands-on experience. Affirm Faith: Realize our sacred obligation as caretakers of this planet to preserve and improve it. Change the World: Put the knowledge and experience gained into practice to improve: The production and quality of life of animals and the humans who interact with them. The quality of the soil and water in agricultural areas. The beauty of living spaces with plants. Food security for those in need now, and for all of us in the future
The Department of Agriculture is also responsible for managing a number of industries associated with Andrews.
1. Our state-of-the-art 700-cow Dairy offers students learning and employment opportunities. It is the site for a number of our laboratories and research projects.
2. The Farm grows crops for the cows on over 700 acres of land.
3. The Student Gardens include 23 acres of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and brambles that are grown using organic, sustainable methods.
4. The Mobile Farmers’ Market delivers produce throughout the summer to various fresh food deficit areas of the local county. We have strong community support through financial grants and collaboration with local partners.
5. Our 80-acre Vineyard of juice grape vines provides educational scholarships to students in agricultural programs.