The Future Farmstead project offers many opportunities to demonstrate how modern technologies can improve farm profitability, rural lifestyles and rural community development. In addition to its research mission, the Future Farmstead undertakes an important education and outreach duty. There is an urgent need to pass along the knowledge gained through applied research to benefit the public, the very ones who support and underwrite the work. The lessons learned from the work at the Future Farmstead will be showcased on site; the home and farm are the research as well as the teaching tool. Each year students from across the southeast travel to the Agrirama to learn about the history of agriculture.
The Farm House which will be nested between the Tifton Campus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Georgia Agrirama Living History Museum, offers an ideal contrast between agriculture of 19th and 21st centuries. Visible and easily accessible from I-75, the site also offers the opportunity for general public education. The farm house of the future will be continuously growing model of new and emerging technologies, renewable energy, equipment advancements and conservation techniques.
The future farmstead website will provide virtual tours of the FF, enabling viewers to explore the status of farm operations in real time. The University of Georgia's Tifton campus will draw on its education and extension experience to establish the mission of the Future Farmstead. In the past six years, the Tifton campus has created two bachelor's degrees as well as two master's degree programs. Over two hundred students have already graduated, benefitting from the first hand contact with the research and developments of the surrounding research campus.
The Future Farmstead provides an exciting opportunity which will help to attract young talent into the rural community through the integration of a graduate degree program. The home will serve as a living model, housing graduate students from a diversity of disciplines involved in the project. The home will also offer a unique venue to conduct training sessions and tours for county agents and other community leaders that can be the catalyst for local change.