It hasn’t always been this way but a large number of students are actually volunteering for summer school. Because of the overwhelming response, the Snake River High School Agriculture Department has run out of room for a course that requires students to be in class at 8:00 AM.
Just a half mile away from Snake River High School is a new learning lab without walls.
“They will learn soil sciences, plant science, and fertilization,” said J.B. Hoge, Ag Teacher at Snake River High School. “We’ll learn how to take petiole samples and read petiole samples and they’ll be able to see the crops develop from seed all the way through harvest.’
Technology is great, today’s agriculture students can learn a lot about farming online but there is no substitute for the real thing.
“There’s just something about getting your hands actually dirty,” said Hoge. “Getting them on the plants and learning firsthand, they can see exactly what’s happening with the plants as we go.”
Students have already planted the fields and now the waiting begins. In July, this topsoil will be a lush field. The crops eventually will be harvested and some of the produce will go to the farmers market to raise money for the program.
Whether these students pursue a career in farming or not, they will all leave with a new perspective on agriculture.
“They will learn to care for things,” said Hoge. “To care for a crop is an important thing. They will also learn where our food comes from. We are feeding a growing nation on an ever dwindling number of farmable acres and so they will learn to appreciate where their food comes from and the work that is put into it.”
On top of learning more about this vital resource that is such a big part of our economy, students will also receive science credits for high school.
Just like the students, we plan on following this thing through to the end. We’ll have an update on their progress in July.