Fair Oaks Farm Spring 2016

Humanity in the Food Web will repeat its trip to the Fair Oaks Farm this spring.  A great agenda is coming together, including a presentation from WILL‘s Todd Gleason! It is always a pleasure to hear that voice, and it will be a unique opportunity to have him touring the farm with us throughout the day.

6:30 a.m.-6:45 Check in and boarding

7:00 Departure for the Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana

9:00 Arrival

10:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Visit the Fair Oaks Farm

  • Organized tours,
  • Lunch on your own (bring a sack lunch or purchase from restaurants onsite), and
  • Free time for browsing of exhibits

2:45 Check in for return at buses

3:00 Departure for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

5:00 Arrival

Students should arrive between 6:30 a.m. and 6:45. We will meet along West Pennsylvania Avenue near the Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building. The Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building (AESB) is on the east edge of the south quad, near the ACES Library. Pennsylvania Avenue runs along the southern edge of the building. You’ll find the busses parked in the street.

This is a required class event and attendance will be taken.

ABE 199: We are in business!

Let me use this post to welcome you and the students in ABE 199, Fall 2015, Sustainable Biosystems International to Puerto Rico!


I am very much looking forward to receiving a phenomenal group of first-year students to Puerto Rico  in a couple of days. We have some excellent tours set up. I have purchased a Go-Pro (R) camera—and a bunch of accessories—and I cannot wait to see how we document our trip. The students of ABE 199 will be guest authors for this blog over the next couple of weeks as they document the occurrences of this study tour.


I’d also like to thank the Departamento de Ingeniería Agrícola, at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, specifically  Professors Pérez-Alegría and Mathankar, for generously hosting us here during our visit. This will be the third time Dr. Pérez-Alegría and I collaborate to host students from Illinois in Puerto Rico.

Below you’ll see the phenomenal our draft agenda for the trip. It should be great.

If anyone has any questions about Puerto Rico please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

Come to see the results of this trip during Explore ACES and Engineering Open House.

Draft Agena

Jan 4
  • Arrive SJU
Jan 5
  • El Yunque Day Trip
Jan 6
  • Las Paredes Beach or Luquillo Beach or another beach
Jan 7
Jan 8
  • Day Trip to Ponce
    • Hacienda Buena Vista Reservation has been made 1:30PM – 3 PM (1PM arrival)
    • Parque de Bombas
    • Museo Castillo Serrallés (reservation may be necessary) 9am-6pm
    • Centro Ceremonial Indigena
Jan 9
  • Coffee Production and Processing Systems Tour
    • Café Gran Batey Tour, Utuado
  • Caguana Ceremonial Ball Courts Site
  • Casa Cubuy Ecolodge
 Jan 10
  • Snorkeling Tour to Isla Icacos, Puerto del Rey, Fajardo
 Jan 11
  • Sugar Production Systems Tour
  • Agricultural Research Stations Tour, Lajas
  • La Bahía Fosforescente, La Parguera, Lajas
 Jan 12
  • (pending) Dairy Systems Tour, Hatillo or Fruit Tree Production and Nitrogen Runoff
  • Arecibo Observatory, Arecibo
  • Parque Nacional del Río Camuy, Arecibo
 Jan 13
  • Campus Work and Research Day
Jan 14
  • Flexible Day
    • Work on draft open house booth
    • Faro de Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo
    • Mayagüez Baseball
 Jan 15
  • First Day of Spring Term, Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez
    • XX:XX-YY:YY Draft Open House Booth Presented on Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez Quad
  • Dinner with Hosts and Selected Collaborators, Restaurant To Be Determined , Joyuda
 Jan 16
  • Day trip to Old San Juan
    • El Castillo San Felipe del Morro
    • La Fortaleza
    • Viejo San Juan


Fair Oaks Farm

Looking forward to a great trip to Fair Oaks Farm. This trip will mark the second time we have taken the trip. I believe many in our Humanity in the Food Web course are genuinely looking forward to the trip to the Disney World of Farming. I am sure we’ll create some new perspective on food and agriculture, or maybe the Boy Scouts of America, I am not sure which. Apparently 500 scouts are camping out on the Fair Oaks Farm today!

The Fair Oaks Farm Adventuire Center