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Patterson Science Center approves demonstration plot

The Patterson Science Center, in partnership with the Patterson Foundation and the Caldwell Green Commission, recently approved the establishment of a biofuels feedstock crop demonstration plot on the Patterson Campus in Caldwell County, N.C. The Patterson Science Center is a unique STEAAM (i.e., science, technology, engineering, agriculture, art, and mathematics) initiative developed by members of the Caldwell County School System to prepare students for the 21st-century workforce.

The demonstration plot will serve as a place for Caldwell County students to participate in hands-on activities relating to biofuels crop growing, management, and production. The plot will initially take up one quarter of an acre at Patterson Science Center with possible future expansion, and it will allow students to witness how cellulosic energy crops grow in western North Carolina.

With support from the Biofuels Center, biofuels feedstock crops will be planted early next year and will include Switchgrass, Miscanthus, Giant Reed, and Eastern Cottonwood.

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