Locust Trace AgriScience
Farm is the newest career and technical high school in
Lexington, Kentucky with energy and environment being key
factors in the facility design and agriculture being the
educational focus. Locust Trace features spacious classrooms
with adjoining labs, 6.5 acres for gardening, a
state-of-the-art greenhouse with an aquaculture area for
raising fish, a soaring auditorium with a garage door
for bringing in livestock and machinery, an expansive equine
barn and arena and an on-site veterinary clinic. Students
study in one of five programs; Intro to Agriculture,
Veterinary Science, Agriculture Power Mechanics, Equine and Small and Large Animal
The school is designed to be net-zero in energy through the
use of photovoltaic solar panels and net-zero in waste
disposal through the utilization of constructed wetlands.
The school is also minimally hooked up to water
municipalities. All rain water is collected from the
classroom building and the equine barn/arena to be utilized
for all crop irrigation and livestock watering. An on-site
well has been accessed to back up the rain water collection
system in case of a drought. Sustainable agriculture is a
focus in all programs.
This truly unique school opened its doors in august 2011 to
175 students. For the next several years the maximum number
of students will be approximately 250.
Copies of the application
will be available at each high school during the scheduling
process in January.