• Agribusiness & Personal Finance

    This course was developed in order to equip high school students with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage their personal finances and apply those skills in an agribusiness context.  Learn about the various systems at work behind the "farm to fork" process by experiencing them as we prepare for our first Agricultural Annual Produce Sale!  This class will cover business concepts through the agricultural context of an annual produce sale run and managed by our class.  Products for sale could include maple syrup, fruits, cheese, wine, grapes, soaps, ciders, and/or other products to be determined by students.  Topics of study include agricultural sales, marketing, operations and logistics, accounting and finance. Soft skills are interwoven and practiced throughout the course, such as communication, management, setting goals, and leadership.

    • 1/2 unit / semester
    • Grades 11-12

     

    Agricultural Research & Development (Capstone)

    Agricultural Research and Development is the capstone course designed to culminate students’ experiences in agriculture, based on the pathway of study they pursued.  Woven throughout the course are projects and problems based in practical applications and designed to develop and improve employability skills of students. Students will further enhance the critical thinking and teamwork skills as they expand on content knowledge from previous agricultural courses.  In this course, students will learn to solve complex real-world problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and develop new products.

    • 1 unit / full year
    • Prerequisites:  Need to be currently enrolled in (or have previously taken) agricultural courses OR special permission by counselor and agricultural teacher

     

    Basics of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

    Basics to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) introduces students to the range of agricultural opportunities and the pathways of study they may pursue.  Science, mathematics, reading, and writing components are woven in the context of agriculture; and students will use the introductory skills and knowledge developed in this course throughout the CASE™ curriculum.  Woven throughout the course are activities to develop and improve employability skills of students through practical applications.  Students will explore career and post-secondary opportunities in each area of the course.  Students participating in this course will experience hands-on activities, projects, and problems.  Student experiences will involve the study of communication, the science of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics.  While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning.  For example, students will work in groups to determine the efficiency and environmental impacts of waste management in a practical learning exercise.  This course is intended to serve as the introductory course within the Agricultural Program.  The course is structured to enable all students to have a variety of experiences that will provide an overview of the fields of agricultural science and natural resources so that students may continue through a sequence of courses through high school. The knowledge and skills students develop will be used in future courses within the Agricultural Program.  In addition, students will understand specific connections between their lessons and Supervised Agricultural Experience and FFA components that are important for the development of an informed agricultural education student.  Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

    • 1 unit / full year
    • Grades 9-12

     

    Caring for Large Animals

    Students will learn all about the care and management of large animals, including farm animals. This includes (but is not limited to) cows, horses, goats, sheep, and pigs.  Topics of study include human responsibility toward animals, regulations of housing and maintenance, husbandry, nutrition, reproduction, and digestive systems.  The course may include considerable research and various trips off-site.

    • 1/2 unit / semester
    • Grades 9-12

     

    Caring for Small Animals

    Students will learn all about the care and management of small animals, including household pets and small livestock.  This includes (but is not limited to) cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, rabbits, and chicken.  Topics of study include human responsibility toward animals, animal habits, behavior, proper care, digestive systems, reproduction, and how all of these affect animal needs.  The course may include considerable research and various trips off-site.

    • 1/2 unit / semester
    • Grades 9-12

     

    The Nature of Plants

    Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP) course provides a foundation of plant science knowledge and skills.  Students will experience various plant science concepts through exciting “hands-on” activities, projects, and problems.  Student experiences will include the study of plant anatomy and physiology, classification, and the fundamentals of production and harvesting.  Students will learn how to apply scientific knowledge and skills to use plants effectively for agronomic, forestry, and horticultural industries.  Students will discover the value of plant production and its impact on the individual, the local, and the global economy.  Students will work on major projects and problems similar to those that plant science specialists, such as horticulturalists, agronomists, greenhouse and nursery managers, and plant research specialists, face in their respective careers.  The ASP course includes the following units of study:  Worlds of Opportunity, Mineral Soils, Soilless Systems, Anatomy and Physiology, Taxonomy, The Growing Environment, Plant Reproduction, Surviving a Harsh Environment, and Crop Production and Marketing.  This course can be used as a Science Credit.

    • 1 unit / full year
    • Grades 9-12

     

    Student Internship in Agriculture (SAE)

    Interested students are offered the opportunity to obtain non-paid or paid school-supervised agricultural work experience that matches their long-term career goals.  An internship provides a work world environment in which students apply classroom knowledge in a real-world context.  It will give them an opportunity to pursue a career in agriculture that matches their academic and personal interests.  Some examples of a supervised agricultural experience include breeding and marketing animals (such as dogs or rabbits), creating and managing your own dog walking business, shadowing the local greenhouse manager, working with Cornell’s AgriTech or a local coffee shop, researching local food accessibility and food deserts, and many more.  Internship experiences are available dependent upon the willingness of community employers to participate in the program.  This experience is scheduled during the school day and can last for ½ year to a full year.  Students agree to follow certain criteria for successful completion of the program.  Two periods of the day are assigned for the program, either a.m. or p.m.  This program is offered to students who are 16 years or older and in good standing.  You must provide your own transportation.  This counts as one class.

    • 1/2 unit or 1 unit / semester or full year
    • Students 16 years or older

     

    Winemaking and Viticulture Essentials

    Students will learn about vineyard operation and maintenance, environmental considerations and effects.  The process of making wine and its history will be explored.  Students will need to understand various biological and chemical principles involved in wine production.  The course may include considerable research and various trips off-site.

    • 1/2 unit / semester
    • Grades 11-12