Students enrolled in the Farm to Fork pathway will experience agriculture through sustainable hands-on activities in the school garden and classroom. Reinforcement of Biology and Chemistry concepts help provide real world application of processes and concepts taught in the “D” Lab Science requirement courses.
Benefits of Taking This Pathway
Students will learn about how to create: healthy soil, ecosystems that support biodiversity, and production of nutritious food. Application of concepts and process, evaluation and problem solving strategies will be used in the garden when: watering, drainage, pest control, fertility of soil, and growth and production of crops from seed to transplant and harvest. Public speaking skills and leadership will be developed and challenged through competitions and events. In addition to this students will learn about the history of Agriculture, the possible future of agriculture, environmental awareness, sustainability and global food issues.
Students will benefit from the development of their leadership and public speaking skills for future opportunities in post-secondary education and work experience. Another benefit will be student understanding of how to grow healthy food that they are proud of. Possible work experience could be at any of our 5 Urban farms here in West Sacramento. This pathway will reinforce students skills in writing, reading, and research for lab reports.
Summary of Courses
Agricultural Biology is an introductory course for the Farm-to-Fork Pathway and includes strong components of leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education and membership in the National FFA (Future Farmers of America) program. Using agriculture as the learning vehicle, this course emphasizes the principles, concepts and relationships among living organisms. The course is centered around an extensive laboratory component in order to connect the big ideas of life science with agricultural applications, which will help students acquire a broad understanding of a variety of agricultural areas, develop an awareness of the many career opportunities in agriculture, participate in occupationally relevant experiences, and work cooperatively with a group to develop and expand leadership abilities. This course meets the life science portion of the two-year laboratory requirement for high school graduation.
Sacramento is the Farm to Fork Capital of the nation, possibly in the World. With several Farm to Fork businesses established in West Sacramento and across the river, we will have a support system to further this movement in the education of our students. The students in this class will get hands on experience growing vegetables, fruits, flowers and trees from seeds, to transplanting, to harvesting, with the ultimate goal of feeding the students, staff of RCHS, and possibly the district with a healthy “home grown” crop of food. Economics and sustainability will also be incorporated into the growing experience. Composting healthy balanced soil will be an ongoing activity and a foundation for our class success. Understanding of organic versus non-organic crops will be taught and experienced as well. Life skills will be taught at every opportunity to encourage understanding of Farm to Fork Sustainable Agriculture.
Farm to Fork 2 is a hands-on CTE class that uses chemistry and lab based experiences in the classroom and garden (RCHS and/ or Bryte Campus) to teach sustainable agriculture practices. Students will learn about local food production that includes many different crops and why it is healthier. In the beginning of class we will review and expand upon how to: create healthy soil, grow healthy food, deliver the food to our cafeteria or to the Culinary Class at Bryte and will end with career exploration and guidance in agriculture fields. Guest speakers from and fieldtrips in, our community will add relevance to the curriculum. A scientific composition notebook will be kept to perform scientific lab reports, write about articles on scientific concepts, and perform written activities from research in the computer lab. This is a fun, active class that teaches you leadership skills, public speaking skills, where your food comes from and how to eat healthy.
Farm to Fork I
10,11,12 Farm to Fork II
In order for a student to maximize their industry readiness and to receive a CTE pathway graduation cord, they will need to complete all courses within the pathway.