AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Thursday, the brand new home of the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture was unveiled. The building used to be called the Paige Laboratory. It’s four stories tall, and was built in 1950.
After a year of renovation and 10-million dollars, it’s open again as the home of the University’s Stockbridge School of Agriculture.
The entrance has a living wall of plants. There are no classrooms in the building; instead it’ll be used for agricultural lab research for everything from plant life to soil. The building has 10 fully equipped laboratories.
Steve Goodwin, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences told 22News, “Just the fact that we now have labs that are in proximity to each other, so our researchers can interact more easily.”
Wes Autio, Director of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture said, “We’ve had a resurgence in interest in agriculture. One of our programs has gone from a small 3 or 4 students to over 100, particularly related to sustainable farming.”
The agricultural program at UMass has grown to more than 300 students in recent years. They now offer four bachelor’s degree programs and six associate’s degrees. This is the school’s first ever home.