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General Shale’s brick contribution will also play a key role in helping the education center achieve certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system (Gold Level).

General Shale is continuing its longstanding partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville by contributing 30,000 bricks for the 1,200-sq.-ft. education center at the CAC Beardsley Community Farm.

The donation was announced at a groundbreaking ceremony and follows the producer’s recently partnering with UT’s College of Architecture and Design to provide masonry training for the program’s students, who will work with university staff to help design and construct the education center.

Beardsley Farm is a nonprofit urban farm promoting food security and sustainable agriculture through practice, education and community outreach. The Beardsley Farm education center is a collaborative effort between the University of Tennessee Design/Build/Evaluate Initiative of the College of Architecture and Design, the city of Knoxville, the Public Building Authority, and others. The new facility will serve as a teaching tool to help the community gain a greater understanding of the benefits of sustainable farming.