Columbia Educational Farm Falls on Hard Times
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A not-for-profit educational farm in Columbia is mired in debt and faces an uncertain future.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the Jefferson Farm no longer hosts school field trips or conducts agricultural research. The closed farm is nearly $900,000 in debt.
The farm opened in 2006 as part of the Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute. The 67-acre property is owned by the University of Missouri but leased to the educational group. It was home to an assortment of farm animals and experimental crops.
Institute board members say funding from outside groups dried up during the recession. A children's barn cost twice as much as planned.