Integrated AgriCulture: this year-long elective course introduces students to a variety of experiential learning topics that we collectively call “Simple Living”. From agriculture, nutrition, health, and consumer education to sustainable living, vegetable gardening, poultry farming, orchard management, culinary arts, personal body care, crafting, and construction, Simple Living students should be prepared to work together in collaborative teams and enjoy getting their hands and shoes dirty!
- Learn how to take better care of themselves and the planet through sustainable gardening, animal husbandry, culinary arts, construction basics, personal care products, and handmade crafts such as canning and sewing.
- Complete the requirements for industry certification as an Agriculture Systems Associate.
- Research what plants and animals need in order to grow and become healthful foods.
- Plan, design, build, and maintain the class gardens, pathways, and enclosures.
- Process, store, and prepare recipes using garden and orchard harvests.
- Market their own produce and other products to teachers and families and keep a ledger of costs and proceeds in order to raise money for additional materials.
- Utilize local knowledge and the web to learn about ethnobotany, best management practices, and food and product safety in everyday products like sodas, fertilizers, and sunscreens.
- Get outside in all kinds of weather to dig, draw, measure, haul stuff around the schoolyard, and build, plant, weed, harvest, and maintain the gardens.
- Learn to identify native, invasive, and edible wild plants, and ID garden pests vs. protectors.
- Create safe and inviting spaces for welcome wild things.
- Enjoy the fun and empowerment of being both a seeker and a maker!
Students SHOULD take this class if they:
- Like to collaborate in teams to contribute to a positive, cooperative learning environment.
- Enjoy getting dirty in the garden and working physically hard.
- Can be counted on to work safely and independently while waiting their “turn at the wheel”.
- Plan to pursue a career in any field of agriculture.
Students should NOT take this class if they:
- Can’t stand getting their shoes, hands, or clothes dirty, or dislike sitting on the bare ground.
- Hate being around insects, sweat, pollen, and covering a lot of territory on foot.
- Do not like to clean, organize, carry, and keep careful inventory.
Required Materials: all students must provide:
* a pocket folder to keep in students' binders for take-home assignments.
* a pencil, every day:)
* TWO size H or (5mm) crochet hooks and skein of 100% cotton, worsted (kitchen) weight yarn. We will be learning to crochet, a vertical integration of fiber product agriculture, and students will need a crochet hook at school AND one to keep at home for practice and project extensions.
Suggested Materials: students may keep in our classroom the following: a hat, sun-shirt, garden crocs or other rubber slip-on shoes that will dry quickly (we don’t have room for boots!), bug repellent, gardening gloves, water bottle, apron… all labelled with their name in permanent ink.