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Preserving the Past, Benefitting the Future

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About Agrarian Country, The Ultimate Agricultural Educational Experience

Agrarian Country Logo Agrarian Country is a nonprofit organization, and was established in 2006 for the purpose of preserving Pennsylvania farmland and farm buildings and to provide a place where people of all ages can visit and participate in the operation of numerous agricultural enterprises in a real-life farm setting. Through farmland preservation and hands-on agricultural educational activities, Agrarian Country hopes to rekindle interest in America’s agricultural heritage and a self-sufficient way of life, to promote wholesome, moral, and healthy living, and provide a refreshing escape from everyday stresses. Agrarian Country is investing today to benefit future generations. The historic Star Barn will server as Agrarian Country's Agricultural Education and Exhibition center. Agrarian Country will have three centers:

  1. Center for Agricultural Enterprises.

    This center will promote animal and plant production, agri-business, and Community-Supported Agriculture (organic and non-organic). Each enterprise will be an operating business with a classroom, tourist center, and an interactive museum portraying the enterprise’s past, present, and future. The following production areas are being developed:

    Animal Farm Enterprises

    • Dairy Farm
    • Beef Farm
    • Alpaca Farm
    • Sheep and Goat Farm
    • Swine Farm
    • Equine Farm
    • Poultry Farm
    • Deer and Elk Farm
    • Bison Farm
    • Fish Farm

    Plant Farm Enterprises

    • Agronomic Crops
    • Hydroponics
    • Greenhouse
    • Landscape
    • Horticultural Nursery
    • Christmas Tree
    • Horticultural Fruit
    • Mushroom
    • Forest Management
    • Vineyard

    Agri-Business Enterprises

    • Farm Market
    • Retirement Village
    • Animal Hospital
    • Lodge
    • Membership
    • Food Services
    • Products Manufacturing
    • Antiques
    • Biogreen Production Center
    • Conference Center

  2. Center for Agricultural Education.

    The Star Barn will serve as Agrarian Country's Agricultural Education and Exhibition Center. In addition to promoting agricultural awareness, the center will also provide a facility for the following initiatives:

    • Agrarian Hall of Fame
    • Agricultural Educational Programs
    • Agricultural Career Exploration Camp
    • Soil, Water, and Wildlife Conservation Center
    • Biogreen Educational Center

  3. Center for Agricultural Tourism.

    Experience Agrarian Country by staying on a farm in a private farm cottage, explore numerous agricultural enterprises in operation, be part of a host farm family experience, help with farm chores, help plant, fertilize, and harvest crops, or just sit back and observe.

    The following tourism facilities are being developed:

    • Faith, Farm, and Family Museum
    • Country Chapel and Botanical Gardens
    • The Star Barn Rural Art Gallery and Museum
    • Agrarian Museum World (each enterprise)
    • Farm Toy Museum
    • Farm Tractor Museum
    • Agrarian Educational Tour Center

    Planned Festivals and Events

    • The Star Barn 1872-Style Barn Raising
    • Christmas Show and Pageant
    • Old-Time Days and Toy Show
    • Farm Life Art Show
    • Natural Resources Preservation Show
    • Fall Harvest Festival
    • Music Festivals
    • Auctions and Antique Shows

About Agrarian Country’s President

Robert Barr, Star Barn OwnerThe President of Agrarian Country is Robert S. Barr, a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a doctorate in Agricultural Education and School Administration. He is an educator, author, speaker, publisher, real estate appraiser, and business entrepreneur. Dr. Barr has traveled internationally, and has been responsible for establishing numerous successful organizations and businesses such as 21st Century Appraisals, and In 1960, Robert Barr was honored by Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy as “Top 4-H Youth” in America. A year later, he was honored by the National Holstein Association as “National Holstein Boy.” Dr. Barr has been a high school educator, taught at The Pennsylvania State University, served as Assistant Executive Director of Intermediate Unit 17, served two terms on the Board of Directors for The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Agriculture Alumni Association, founded a two-year vocational and Bible school, and published a travel guide.

He is a strong proponent of farmland preservation and has provided expert testimony on appraisal, tax reform, Clean and Green (agricultural land preservation), and conservation easement programs. His other professional interests include the agricultural industry, real estate appraisal, and Christian ministries.

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