Sustainable Agriculture CTE Program
As an Oregon State Career and Technical Education Program, students can receive six college credits for taking Intro to Sustainable Agriculture, and four college credits for taking Urban Farming. Complete all four recommended classes (Biology, Intro to Sustainable Agriculture, Urban Farming, AP Environmental Science) and a Senior Capstone Project, and receive a Sustainable Agriculture Endorsement in addition to college credit. These students will be honored at graduation by wearing a neon chord.
Madison’s Sustainable Agriculture Program is rooted in hands-on learning, teaching practical gardening, cooking, and business skills. Agriculture is the intentional attempt by humans to influence what plants grow where, when. Sustainable agriculture is a system of growing food and fiber that does not damage the soil, air or water, even over many generations.
The program offers practical gardening and urban farming techniques. Students visit the school garden regularly and take field trips to local farms and other horticulture programs. Students plant, harvest, and eat food from the garden, start seeds indoors, work in the greenhouse, prepare soil for planting, identify medicinal and edible plants. Students will build a compost pile so hot it will melt cheese!
This program also provides small business skills and opportunities to pursue paid and unpaid internships in sustainable agriculture. Small business skills include: planning, management, marketing, financing, and networking with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.). Put those skills into action by developing and running a Madison Farmer’s Market. This "living" business will sell a combination of produce grown from the school garden, as well as value-added products like jam, pickles, salsa, pesto, and tomato sauce made by students.