The FAFS Eco-Unit is used by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management for teaching, research, and outreach activities.
The Eco-Unit currently includes:
- a glasshouse containing 8 growing compartments
- open land for projects and research experiments
- a plant propagation greenhouse
- a vermicompost experimental setup
The Eco-Unit is currently under renovation. Once completed, the Eco-Unit will harbor a small-scale botanic garden and an outdoor classroom area. For Eco-Unit Brochure
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Teaching activities in the Eco-Unit area:
Laboratory activities for various courses in Landscape Design and Agriculture: Several courses from the Department of Landscape Design (such as Horticulture and Soil Science) and several courses from the Department of Agriculture (such as Soil Science, Weed Science and Plant Sciences) include lab components that are held at the Eco-Unit. Experiments range from various horticulture techniques, plant diseases, soil samples, nutrition deficiency trials and fertilizer effects.
Plant production, organized by students, for various projects:
Each year, LDEM students use the area to produce a variety of plants for several experiential activities. The plants may be used for various student projects and for the annual student-organized plant sale that allows the campus community to engage with the general public.
Outreach activities in the Eco-Unit area:
Plants produced are frequently used for children educational programs from different schools and organizations. AUB offers visits to the Eco-Unit to schools interested in exposing their students to outdoor activities and connecting them with the natural world. They can learn about edible gardens, plant biology, composting, earthworms, and much more.