New Michigan college to teach sustainable food production

The $42 million campus will also provide local produce for nearby Bronson Methodist Hospital.

Aug. 5Sustainable food, its production, distribution and preparation, and its role in wellness will be part of a new curriculum being developed to be taught on a new Kalamazoo Valley Community College in downtown Kalamazoo on property donated by Bronson Methodist Hospital.

Construction of the $42 million campus is expected to begin in 2014 and courses will be offered during 2015, KVCC officials say.

Bronson Healthcare has made available three parcels of property for the campus: 8.4 acres along Crosstown Parkway east of the City of Kalamazoo’s Crosstown Center, 3.6 acres between Walnut and Dutton Streets, and 1.3 acres north of Crosstown Parkway and south of Dutton Street.

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