LCCC SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE STUDENT RESTORES FARM SPREADER
Brad Doyle uses each day as a stepping stone to reach his goals. The Bay Village man recently took many steps to complete a project in his sustainable agriculture course at Lorain County Community College.
Doyle, 26, spent the summer restoring an old manure spreader as part of the sustainable agriculture program. The challenging project not only kept him on his toes, but also confirmed his interest in the field of sustainable agriculture.
Doyle enrolled in the certificate program with the goal to become more self-sufficient in his food production. While there are many techniques used to grow food, Doyle selected the Sustainable Agriculture program at LCCC due to his interest in the environment.
“I have always had a dream of owning a farm and becoming more connected with nature,” Doyle said.
To being the spreader project, Doyle first had to remove years of rust that had accumulated. It was a tedious task that was made more frustrating with each summer shower.
“The rain would cause the metal to rust again and I’d have to polish and sand all over again,” he said.
Additionally, Doyle faced some physical challenges as he has Beckers Muscular Dystrophy, a condition that causes muscle weakness in the legs.
“I found it to be a challenge at times, but I stayed focused and my conscious helped put that behind me,” Doyle said of dealing with the physical setbacks.
The perseverance paid off and Doyle scored well on the project. More importantly, he said, the spreader can once again be of use to someone.
“The goal was to bring the manure spreader back to new, hopefully by making good use of it and allowing for it to be sold,” he said.
The experience helped Doyle find a new respect for farming tools and the labor required to keep them operational. He hopes to use the knowledge he gained to one day operate his own farm and sharing his love of sustainable agriculture with others. Until then, he will continue to do the best he can with each day.
“Each day is a stepping stone,” Doyle said. “There is so much to learn and each day, so I spend a lot of time either working in my garden or reading about the skills required to be successful in sustainable agriculture. I wish for one day to apply these skills and teach them to others.”
Doyle earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal art from The College of Mount St. Joseph in 2009. He hopes to earn the certificate in sustainable agriculture from LCCC in Spring 2014.
For more information about the sustainable agriculture program at LCCC, visit www.lorainccc.edu/sustain.