This one year course, organized into four major units, integrates biological science practices and knowledge
into the practice of sustainable agriculture. Unit one addresses the question, what is sustainable agriculture?
Unit two, how does sustainable agriculture fit into our environment? Unit three, what molecular biology
principles guide sustainable agriculture? Unit four, How do we make decisions to maximize sustainable
agricultural practices within a functioning ecosystem? Within each unit, specific life principles integrate with
agricultural principles, as students gain knowledge of how the two disciplines inform each other, culminating
in the development of a sustainable farm model and portfolio of supporting student research.
CHEMISTRY AND AGRISCIENCE
This course explores the physical and chemical nature of soil as well as the relationships between soil, plants,
animals and agricultural practices. Students examine properties of soil and land and their connections to plant
and animal production. Using knowledge of scientific protocols as well as course content, students develop an
Agri-science research program. To complete that whole project each student will investigate and test an Agri-
science research question by formulating a scientific question related to the course content, formulating a
hypothesis based on related research conducting an experiment to test the hypothesis, collecting quantitative
data, and formulating a conclusion based on analysis of the data. The result of this research program is an in
depth research and experimentation paper that is technically written, based on scientific protocol, and cited
using APA formatting. Additionally, students develop and present a capstone soil management plan for
agricultural producers, demonstrating their knowledge of the soil chemistry content learned throughout the
course. Throughout the course, students are graded on participation in intra-curricular FFA activities as well
as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.
This course is designed to provide students with the principles of veterinary science, focusing on the areas of
anatomy and physiology, nutrition, disease and genetics, and professional opportunities in veterinary
medicine. Students can apply “hands-on” practices with livestock on the school farm. FFA and record
keeping skills, along with student projects, are a part of the course and give students opportunities to put
classroom learning into real life practice.