‘California Agriculture’ class plans uprooted

A lack of demand led to the cancellation of the farming-oriented class

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The proposed Introduction to California Agriculture course has been canceled due to a lack of student enrollment.

“Unfortunately, not enough people signed up for it. We can’t offer a course with only eight students,” Assistant Principal Brian Martin said. “We need at least 20 students for it to work.”

The course was offered to all grade level students for the 2016-2017 school year. It would have been the first course in the plant and soil science pathway for California Career Technical Education.

“The class was about sustainability, and I wanted to take that because it had to do with my career interests,” junior Natalie Combs said.

The class was designed to provide students with a general background in agriculture. Students would be involved in creating plans to grow food for the school cafeteria. Additionally, students would assist in the selection, planting and harvesting of produce.

We were going to try to make an agricultural pathway for the school,”

— Brian Martin

“We are trying to make our Career Technical Education program grow. We were going to try to make an agricultural pathway for the school,” Martin said.

Students in the class would have been involved in the implementation of a one-acre organic farm while learning sustainable farming practices.

“The farm would be down by the lower field — further out on the plot of land that hasn’t been developed,” Martin said.

The decision of who would teach the class was yet to be determined.

“We had a couple options. Either somebody who works for the district already or someone new to teach the class,” Martin said. “But there was nobody set to teach it.”

The course was meant to prepare students for careers including soil conservation, integrated pest control, plant and soil science, environmental analysis and organic crop consulting and production.

“We are going to look at trying to bring it back next year,” Martin said.

Students who signed up for the class were required to replace the course with another elective.

“I was looking forward to it but then it got canceled,” Combs said. “I would just like to find a way to bring it back.”

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