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Why a Farm Education?

     

Benefits

  • Learning - hands-on, project-based, problem-solving, leadership, public speaking

  • Basic life skills, growing & preserving food, raising animals, woodworking, sewing, etc.

  • Basic knowledge of where food comes from, how food is grown

  • Students learn to process, preserve and prepare foods grown

  • Ag fair & 4-H projects, students are part of the site-based 4-H club

  • Agriculture incorporated into daily lessons

  • Agriculture experts share/teach ex: sheep farmers evaluate the program, irrigation experts help with set-up, beekeepers share knowledge

  • Items produced, marketed, and sold. annual plant sale, farmers market, jams, etc

 

Potential Partners

  • Shasta College

  • 4-H Youth Development Program 

  • UC CalFresh Nutrition Education

  • UC Forestry and Natural Resources

  • Shasta County Farm Bureau

  • The Livestock Conservancy 

  • Local ranchers, farmers, nurseries, irrigation companies, apiaries, and garden clubs

 

Curriculum Ideas

  • California Agriculture in the Classroom

  • Charlotte Mason approach to education

  • Junior Master Gardener

  • Youth Development Through Veterinary Science

  • Thrive Educational Series

  • Pre-Harvest Food Safety in 4-H Animal Science

  • Classical Education

  • 4-H Youth Experiences in Science

  • Agri-Science

  • Numerous other 4-H Curriculum available

 

Education Center Design Ideas

  • Year-round schedule to meet demands of Shasta District Fair and growing seasons

  • Invite schools in for field trips “our children teach other children”

  • Producing, marketing, selling, public speaking

  • Close to Redding to capture students not exposed to agriculture

  • Small beginnings