Agriculture Education Center

_MG_0797In partnership with Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56, Thornwell has expanded the use of its farm acreage, buildings and equipment, providing a learning opportunity for the children and youth of our community, as well as the children of Thornwell.

Agriculture Teacher, Melanie Birchmore, provides Laurens County high school students hands-on opportunities to learn the essential elements of a working farm, how to care for animals, and how to cultivate crops. Each spring the Thornwell Agriculture Education Center (TAEC) hosts over 1000 local elementary school students, teaching them all about life on a working farm.

The TAEC is home for a number of goats, cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, rabbits, horses and a donkey – and the animal family grows on a daily basis!

If you have questions about the TAEC program, contact Melanie Birchmore at