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Instructor: Sarah Stebbins
Phone: (802) 933-7009
This two-year program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary in pursuing careers and college studies related to today’s northeastern diversified agriculture setting. The student completing the course will be able to; demonstrate an understanding of careers within the agricultural field, animal terminology, safe livestock handling, animal behavior, livestock anatomy & physiology, soils, tractor safety, crops, livestock nutrition and digestion, large animal diseases, Christmas tree production, livestock reproduction & breeding, aquaculture, dairy foods, lactation, biotechnology, maple production, poultry raising, greenhouse management, farm buildings, cow comfort, dairy evaluation and basic small business management.
Students will be engaged in a variety of challenging real work projects that may include but are not limited to: raising trout in the classroom, making maple candy, growing & harvesting vegetables, growing garlic, wreath making, hatching chicks, raising meat chickens, running a small business and the dissection of fetal pigs. Visits to local farms, ag businesses or ag-related industries will be a large portion of this class. These visits will be on a weekly basis pending on circumstances and unit relevance.
Work Place Skills
This class is designed so that students can acquire a variety of related workplace skills including how to vaccinate livestock, perform health checks, balance a diet, take animal weights, breed cows, identify sick animals, test soil, use a greenhouse to start flowers and vegetables, identify the parts on a profit/loss statement, properly fill out a W4, tractor safety, and more.
Throughout the year, students enrolled in this class will be expected to participate in at least 3 statewide FFA CDE competitions. These will include a Soils Identification Competition in October, Dairy Products in January, and Dairy Cattle Judging in the Spring.
1 Elective Science Credit upon completion of the 2 year program