For the first time at Northern Michigan University, students have a hands-on opportunity to learn about the medicinal plant and food production industry.
The university has implemented the first interdisciplinary indoor agriculture associate degree program in the country this semester.
Assistant Professor Evan Lucas said by using an indoor growing system, students will be equipped to grow plants year-round in northern climates. The goal is to provide tools that lead to versatile careers.
“We’re trying to leave it open to have a lot of opportunities so students can go into multiple different industries and multiple different job positions,” Lucas said. “So, we’ve worked with industry professionals all across the U.S. from New York City to Hawaii and even Canada a little bit, too.”