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Agricultural Tradition Reignited

Create educational pathways to careers in agriculture providing experiential learning opportunities.

The grant will allow us to purchase a greenhouse creating opportunities to meet several needs in our district. A pathway to the future of farm to table honoring the tradition of agriculture in our schools while supporting our food insecure families. Our school district serves several towns and communities within its 65 square miles. Two commonalities the towns and communities share are the Southwest Licking Local School District and a history of agriculture. As our communities experience change, the creation of an agricultural program in our schools will provide a connection to the past and our future. To begin, we just hired an agriculture and sustainability teacher for our middle school next school year, but we will continue to grow the program to include our other buildings including a career pathway for graduation.The greenhouse will allow the theory of agriculture to become the practice with a real result of providing for the neediest members of our community.

Our school district serves several towns and communities within its 65 square miles. Two things the towns and communities share are the Southwest Licking Local School District and a history of agriculture. As our communities experience change, the creation of an agricultural program in our schools will provide a connection to the past and our future. We will begin with the addition of an agriculture and sustainability educator at our middle school for the next school year, but we will continue to grow the program to include our other buildings. The State Farm neighborhood grant would provide us the tools needed to create a program that allows for experiential learning by giving us the seed money to build a greenhouse and purchase needed equipment. Students would be involved in all aspects of horticulture through growing plants, harvesting produce, and selling produce at our community farmer’s market as well as on school grounds.

Our community has a wealth of agricultural expertise and history that has been underutilized by our schools.Students need opportunities for experiential learning, and our community has hungry families who would be helped by our program. We will partner with the Healthy Kids Network, which provides food for families, and would now include fresh produce grown in the greenhouse. The grant would provide us the tools needed to create a program that allows for experiential learning by giving us the seed money to build a greenhouse and purchase equipment. We would be able to provide meaningful work experience for some of our most at-risk students and our special education population. Students would learn through all aspects of the process from preparation for planting, growing, harvesting, producing of products, marketing, selling, and entrepreneurship. Our efforts would also provide valuable support to our families through distribution of plants, produce, and goods from the greenhouse.