Henry County, Ky.: Agricultural heritage

The Wendell Berry Center.

What do Kentucky and Vermont have in common? A college degree in sustainable agriculture, thanks to a partnership between the Wendell Berry Center in New Castle, Ky., and Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vt.

The college itself focuses on environmental stewardship, a subject near and dear to the heart of Kentucky author Wendell Berry. Beginning with the fall semester of 2019, students in the “Wendell Berry Farming Program of Sterling College” B.A. curriculum will spend their junior and senior years in Henry County for an intensive farming and educational experience.

In addition to classroom space at the Berry Center, coursework will take place on area farms as they learn about livestock herd management, livestock ecology and topics of sustainable agriculture.

The program is tuition-free, thanks to a $2.5 million grant from New York-based NoVo Foundation over five years, along with a $100,000 per year challenge match from the same organization.

County Seat: New Castle; Bobby King, mayor; newcastleky.com

Estimated 2019 population: 16,106

No. of households: 6,104

Median household income: $50,787

Henry County Chamber of Commerce: Holly Kinderman, executive director; henrykychamber.com

Judge-Executive: John Logan Brent; henrycounty.ky.gov

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