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Following the nursery tour, the group proceeded to HEROBike in Greensboro, Alabama to learn from HERO's Pam Dorr about the latest in bamboo bike manufacturing and visit the local bamboo groves that are harvested for the bikes.
The group also made the obligatory (and always delicious) stop at PieLab for lunch!
Students and mentors from the REU Site: Innovative Engineering with Renewable Resources toured the nursery recently established by Resource Fiber in Greene County, Alabama. Resource Fiber's 100-acre nursery will eventually populate thousands of acres of bamboo farms for commercial harvesting, placing Alabama at the forefront of a domestic bamboo industry, and reducing the need to import bamboo products from Asia and South America. Students had the opportunity to view products that Resource Fiber intends to manufacture, including railroad ties, ballistic panels, and laminated lumber, made from Alabama-grown bamboo. Resource Fiber CEO David Knight provided an overview of the bamboo industry and Resource Fiber's vision, while nursery manager Roger Lewis led the tour and shared his wealth of knowledge on bamboo cultivation.
Building a better world, starting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.