FAFS had the pleasure of hosting AREC Field Day on the 5th of August. The learning, innovation, and engagement center is home to research and outreach projects that address the most pressing challenges of our time, the sustainability of agro-food systems. Located in the Bekaa valley, AREC provides students and researchers a unique opportunity to study climate change, water management, sustainable agriculture, and more.
The event was attended by FAFS students and their parents, prospective students, FAFS faculty and staff, members of AUB's External Advisory Board, and guests from the private sector.
Opening the event, Dr. Mustapha Haidar, AREC Director and Coordinator of the AGSC 223 course, introduced the objectives and learning outcomes of this practical field course that offers students a productive and enriching term at AREC. During the event, FAFS agriculture third-year students showcased their projects on aeroponics, micro-greens, hydroponic, Pro-Lait milkshake, broiler, and wastewater treatment. Attendees had the chance to tour the students' project booths and related facilities and get their questions answered by the student teams.
The field day concluded with a lunch at AREC's cafeteria whereby visitors engaged in informal discussions and students celebrated the end of their summer courses.