Here is why: Many schools are underfunded (meaning shared textbooks, few computers, and no field trips) so students don’t get a chance to experience agriculture – at all. Problem #2: for these kids, their surrounding areas have been completely stripped of agriculture, in lieu of business, entertainment, and residential buildings. So these problems mean no ‘hands on’ experience, and students don’t understand how important the Ag industry is. It makes it very hard to teach students about an industry that’s primarily “hands on”.
So if the students can’t go to the farm, bring the farm to the students.
A high school in Toronto recently set up a garden on their roof, with plans to involve many of their programs in the growth and production of the vegetation. The school even has plans to eventually have culinary students help feed the school, and produce revenue by selling the produce at farmers’ markets, George Brown College, and other restaurants.
I really think this should have started years ago. The school boards will actually be generating money for themselves, and helping to feed their students healthy foods. Education-wise, students will learn so much more: they will gain a broad understanding of issues facing agriculture, since they too will struggle with those problems while growing, producing, and managing the gardens; and students will learn real examples of teamwork, rather than unrealistic group projects that happen only in school. Agriculture is hands-on work, so students should learn Agriculture through hands-on methods!
This post has been re-posted here at TheNerdyAg.wordpress.com, initially published by the same author at a different URL. Original Posting Date: October 20, 2013.