Bob Pothier, Cory Smith and Stephen McGary traveled to Ghana last fall to determine the needs and the best approach to how they could help. They discovered that, though agriculture is a major industry in Ghana, the students in most colleges are taught in theory but have no programs to provide practical experience.
The school is already set up to be as self-sufficient as possible. Vegetable gardens, small animals, chickens and fish are being raised on the land.
|Bob Pothier and Steve McGary "checking out" the plants|
|This machine provides the power for the operation|
|The beans are sorted and soaked then crushed into a paste|
|The mixture is steam cooked then filtered to extract the milk|
|Initially each bottle was filled from a pitcher but now is dispensed from a stainless steel container with a spout.|
Each bottle is capped at the appropriate temperature, cooled and refrigerated.
|Okara is a by-product that is 50% protein. It can be used to feed animals or added to baked goods|
Options are still being explored
|Samuel Bonstra oversees the operation|
The program will cover every aspect of business, supply chain, production, marketing, management, and finance as students experience planting, growing, running the soy cow operation and marketing it to other schools.
This is to be an ongoing program. The College of Agriculture at BYU Idaho has committed interns to teach and assist every semester under the leadership of a faculty member. This is vital to the overall success of the program. It is so common for people to come for a short time and give service but the plan to stay and mentor is significant.
|Toasting the new Soy Cow Operation with water sachets|
A survey of agricultural businesses was taken to determine just what the employers would like in potential employees. The goal is to prepare students to fill those needs and give them an edge in the job market.