This year, Fountain Prairie Farm owners John and Dorothy Priske will strengthen connections between farmers and chefs with a new collaboration with Madison College.

The college signed a lease on 165 of the farm’s acres, then turned around and leased 155 of them to Andy and Sadie Fischer of Fischer Family Farm.

The farm will become a new outdoor classroom for Madison College students looking to study the water, soil, plants, compost, feed and, of course, the animals themselves. Sustainable Farm to Table: Modern Meat Production, a one-year technical diploma, inaugurates its first class this September.