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The Catawba Sustainability Center has several outreach projects that share the expertise of Virginia Tech with the surrounding community and beyond. The center is the result of a community partnership with Roanoke County.

The Catawba Greenway is a hiking loop connecting the Appalachian Trail to the Catawba community. A parking lot at the Catawba Sustainability Center provides additional parking for hikers headed to McAfee Knob.

Access to land is a huge obstacle to young and beginning farmers. The Small-Farm Incubator project provides not only the space to get started, but participants also get crucial support to help their projects succeed.

From classrooms at the Catawba Center to hands-on learning in the fields, the Catawba Sustainability Center hosts educational programming through Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech faculty, and other experts.