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PLANT & ANIMAL SCIENCE

PRE-TECH PROGRAM: PLANT & ANIMAL SCIENCE

This year-long course meets on rotating even/odd days. There is both a strong classroom, academic component as well as a lab experience. Students will learn about food production by working with crops in the greenhouse and at the school farm, Deep Roots Farm, on the north campus. Students will learn how to value add by producing salsas/pestos/pickles and canning the product as well as how to evaluate soils and change their fertility to improve production. Students will experience hands-on learning opportunities with animals both at Deep Roots Farm and at local farms. Judging and selecting animals, feeding and nutrition, health care issues and breed selection will be covered studying horses and dairy cows. Students will learn about the milk industry and the value-added milk products being produced in Addison County. Students will learn how to produce and care for plants by running the school greenhouse, The Garden Patch, on the main campus. Students will plan the crop, select the varieties, and learn pest management and plant fertility. Students will learn how to advertise and market the crop and be responsible for retail sales. The animal industry will be studied including livestock (sheep, cow and horse) reproduction. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the FFA Horse/Dairy Judging Career Development Events. Leadership training through FFA is an integral part of this course. Students will have the opportunity to be an FFA officer and learn how to run meetings and develop public speaking skills.

GRADES 9-12 | 80 MINUTE SECTION / 120 MINUTE SECTION

COURSE INFO

PREREQUISITES

I can read informational text for understanding. I can read nonfiction texts for understanding, determining the definitions of symbols and key terms. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R)

CREDITS

1 credit per semester, (1 science, 1 elective upon completion of both semesters) or (.5 science, .5 elective per semester)

INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED CREDENTIALS

  • ServSafe Food Handler
     

  • Worker Pesticide Protection Training
     

  • Leadership training through FFA

PROFESSIONAL SKILL BUILDING

  • Students will be positioned for our Sustainable Agriculture program upon completion of this course