The Living Research Lab
As programming in the extracurricular space has matured, Cultiv8 is entering a new phase of development with the goal of pointing toward the development of a complete innovation pipeline (focus on growth and retention via innovation). We call this the Living Research Lab.
This pilot program will develop synergies across students, instructors, researchers and industry in an experimental intensive horticulture farm. The endeavor will maintain an eye toward agile, iterative, affordable and customizable innovation across the diverse cultural, geographical, topographical and climatological landscape which is the foundation of present and future Nova Scotia (and Atlantic Canadian) farmers.
Collaborations with Indigenous peoples, women in entrepreneurship, persons with disabilities and high-school students are currently being explored as opportunities for immersion into this accessible and inclusive model.
Embedding Cultiv8 mentorship into courses focused on problem-based learning will be opportunities which emerge as the physical development of the farm matures and time or resources allow.
The intention is to conduct this as a 3 year pilot, and then translate learnings to other units of the agriculture campus for tangible, accessible, discipline-focused innovation across all levels of learning.