Sustainable Agriculture Students Bring Home Awards!


WPCC Sust Ag Students Collect Awards 090514 fnMorganton, NC –Western Piedmont Community College’s (WPCC) Sustainable Agriculture program announced wins by their students in the Horticulture and Field Crops category at the 2014 Burke County Fair. Students from the Spring Organic Crop Production, Fruit and Vegetable Production, Horticultural Speciality Crops, and Fall Organic Crop Production classes planted their produce in Spring and Summer 2014 semesters and recently harvested in time to submit entries to the Fair. Among the Burke County Fair awards won by WPCC students were1st Place ribbons for Glenn Hard Spring Wheat, Red Russian Garlic and Hot Paper Lantern Pepper, and 2nd Place ribbons for Green Zebra Tomato, Thai Pink Tomato, Black Cherry Tomato, Amish Pie Pumpkin, Musquee de Provence Pumpkin. Shown with some of their winning produce are Sustainable Agriculture students, kneeling, l-r, Teddy Marcantel, Willie Gross, Ginger the Border Collie, and Hal Robinson; second row standing, l-r, Matthew Hurley, Kristina Keller, Keith Powell, Emilie Caudell, Jordan Strickland, Tyler Brogley, WPCC Farm Manager Todd Rudicill, and on the tractor, l-r, Grayson Ethridge, WPCC Sustainable Agriculture & Horticulture Instructor Meagan Roberts, and Mikki Carswell.

All crops were grown by students from open-pollinated, non-genetically modified organism (GMO) seed using natural and organic methods. Several of the tomato varieties and the garlic were grown from seed saved by WPCC students during the 2013 growing season.

To learn more about WPCC’s Sustainable Agriculture & Horticulture programs of study, contact Meagan Roberts at 828-448-3562 or at

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Western Piedmont Community College is situated in the picturesque rolling foothills of Morganton, North Carolina, and has served the citizens of Burke County since 1964.  Each year, more than 10,700 students pursue personal enrichment, new skills for a job or career, high school diplomas, college degrees, and transfer pathways. Registration for the Fall semester’s B Term classes will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on the college campus at 1001 Burkemont Avenue. Applications for admission must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at 7 p.m. The College’s B Term classes begin on Friday, Oct. 17. Apply online or visit the Western Piedmont campus to apply in person.