A LAND GRANT INSTITUTION: The Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890 established land-grant institutions with the mission of bringing practical knowledge in the fields agriculture, military tactics, and mechanical arts to students and the greater public. Auburn University received its land-grant status in 1872.
A LAND GRANT INSTITUTION: The Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890 established land-grant institutions with the mission of bringing practical knowledge in the fields agriculture, military tactics, and mechanical arts to students and the greater public. Auburn University received its land-grant status in 1872.
THE FARM EXPERIMENT: As depicted in this historic map, agricultural lands composed the overwhelming majority of campus in 1892.
THE FARM EXPERIMENT: As depicted in this historic map, agricultural lands composed the overwhelming majority of campus in 1892.
THE OLD ROTATION: Established in 1896 by Professor J.F. Duggar, Auburn's Old Rotation is the longest running continuous cotton experiment in the world. This cropping experiment proved long ago that rotating cotton crops with legumes better sustains soil fertility, which spread across Alabama and forever changed the growing practices of cotton.
THE OLD ROTATION: Established in 1896 by Professor J.F. Duggar, Auburn's Old Rotation is the longest running continuous cotton experiment in the world. This cropping experiment proved long ago that rotating cotton crops with legumes better sustains soil fertility, which spread across Alabama and forever changed the growing practices of cotton.
PLOT CHOREOGRAPHY: Disparate plots from across campus are woven together with new plots to establish Field Lab No. 01, an area dedicated to hands-on collaboration and greater visibility of active fieldwork at Auburn.
PLOT CHOREOGRAPHY: Disparate plots from across campus are woven together with new plots to establish Field Lab No. 01, an area dedicated to hands-on collaboration and greater visibility of active fieldwork at Auburn.
Field lab No. 01 brings together teaching, research, and community outreach into an intense and highly productive 12 acres.
Field lab No. 01 brings together teaching, research, and community outreach into an intense and highly productive 12 acres.
PLOT TYPOLOGIES: Each field plot has its own distinct spatial requirements, planting strategy, solar orientation, irrigation needs, maintenance regime, infrastructure, and rotation requirements. In order to maximize resources, these plot typologies help determine critical adjacencies within the field lab.
PLOT TYPOLOGIES: Each field plot has its own distinct spatial requirements, planting strategy, solar orientation, irrigation needs, maintenance regime, infrastructure, and rotation requirements. In order to maximize resources, these plot typologies help determine critical adjacencies within the field lab.
SITE ARMATURE AND CROP ROTATION: Paths, fences, sheds, and hedges provide a clear armature for the site allowing crops and ornamental gardens to rotate. In the spirit of the Old Rotation, these revolving plots maintain and enhance soil health.
SITE ARMATURE AND CROP ROTATION: Paths, fences, sheds, and hedges provide a clear armature for the site allowing crops and ornamental gardens to rotate. In the spirit of the Old Rotation, these revolving plots maintain and enhance soil health.
LAYERED LEARNING: The field lab serves as an area of collaboration and transdisciplinary learning as students from various colleges and departments witness the interrelationship of academic specialties.
LAYERED LEARNING: The field lab serves as an area of collaboration and transdisciplinary learning as students from various colleges and departments witness the interrelationship of academic specialties.
ESTABLISH A SELECTION PROTOCOL: Similar to a traditional classroom reservation process, faculty, researchers, and students are able to apply for the use of a field plot. Each proposal is reviewed independently by an established steering committee.
ESTABLISH A SELECTION PROTOCOL: Similar to a traditional classroom reservation process, faculty, researchers, and students are able to apply for the use of a field plot. Each proposal is reviewed independently by an established steering committee.
ENGAGING LOCAL FOOD NETWORKS: As the health and security of food continues to be a critical topic, students witness and participate in the cultivation of fresh, local food. Auburn Tiger Dining partners with the field lab to provide fresh food to the greater campus.
ENGAGING LOCAL FOOD NETWORKS: As the health and security of food continues to be a critical topic, students witness and participate in the cultivation of fresh, local food. Auburn Tiger Dining partners with the field lab to provide fresh food to the greater campus.
THE BIG OL' SHED: Workshops, maintenance, lectures, storage, demonstrations, and even fundraisers occur under the expansive roof of the Big Ol’ Shed. In addition to providing sheltered space for the community, this structure also demonstrates innovative sustainable building technologies.
THE BIG OL' SHED: Workshops, maintenance, lectures, storage, demonstrations, and even fundraisers occur under the expansive roof of the Big Ol’ Shed. In addition to providing sheltered space for the community, this structure also demonstrates innovative sustainable building technologies.
STUDENT DRIVEN IMPLEMENTATION: Students will be intimately involved with the implementation of the field lab through coursework, research, and workshops.  Rather than a rigid masterplan that is one day finished, the field lab will continue to evolve and adapt to ongoing educational needs and environmental changes.
STUDENT DRIVEN IMPLEMENTATION: Students will be intimately involved with the implementation of the field lab through coursework, research, and workshops. Rather than a rigid masterplan that is one day finished, the field lab will continue to evolve and adapt to ongoing educational needs and environmental changes.
CAMPUS TRAIL NETWORK: An emerging trail system integrates the field lab into other centers of the campus and greater community.
CAMPUS TRAIL NETWORK: An emerging trail system integrates the field lab into other centers of the campus and greater community.
[1896, Professor John F. Duggar in the Old Rotation]
[1896, Professor John F. Duggar in the Old Rotation]