Serving as the intellectual hub for the Food Security program is Monmouth College's newly completed $42 million Center for Science and Business. Designed to encourage collaboration among students and faculty from traditionally separate disciplines in the configuration of the offices, classrooms, and laboratories, the 138,000-square foot building features state-of-the-art educational technology in all classrooms, a nutrition laboratory, an herbarium and greenhouse, an active learning-enhanced room in the Accounting Department, and a Moot Board Room.
The Monmouth College Educational Garden and Theme House, located on the eastern perimeter of campus, uses sustainable gardening techniques to produce a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, as well as honey. Originally developed through an EPA grant, the garden seeks to address the environmental issue of the impact of agricultural practices upon the environment, with focus upon sustainable, small and medium-scale farming methods and garden cultivation, the environmental benefits of local production and consumption of food stuffs, and the connection between sustainable, environmentally-friendly, locally-consumed produce and good nutrition.
Under ongoing development is a 6-acre Research Farm near campus that will allow students to study such concepts as crop rotation, income, work force, conservation and infrastructure.
The LeSuer Nature Preserve, a short 15-minute walk from campus, is used for field studies, course projects, and senior research. Several acres have been restored to native prairie and a large stream bisects the area. Riparian and flood plain forest also offer abundant opportunities for research in the expanding field of ecological restoration. The college also maintains a small, fresh-water pond and a one-acre native prairie plot for field projects.