Sioux Center, Iowa — A large new facility is taking shape north of Sioux Center.
Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer of Dordt College, Howard Wilson, tells us about the new Dordt Agriculture Stewardship Center.
He says it’s actually part of a three-phase project.
Wilson tells us about phase two.
Then, he says they will begin phase three.
Wilson tells us the grand opening of the first phase building will be on Saturday, October 20th at 10:30 a.m., during Dordt’s homecoming, Dordt Defender Days. The groundbreaking for the facility was almost exactly one year earlier. The first classes in the facility will be at the beginning of the second semester, in January.
He says that several generous benefactors have donated to the project, and Dordt staff are still fundraising for the balance.
He says while Dordt has owned the property for a long time, they have also done a land swap for their other farm with the city of Sioux Center.
Wilson says that they are also looking for some authentic agriculture memorabilia to use as décor for the facility. He says that could include wagon wheels, farm signs, windmill wheels, or farm equipment — things to give the facility that “authentic farm feeling,” says Wilson. If you have anything you’d like to donate, or if you’d like more information, you can call Dordt at 712-722-6000 or visit dordt.edu.