BS in Agricultural Science
Agricultural Education and Communication Department
This project is intended to develop a more functional plan for the Ornamental Horticulture (OH) Unit at the Hanford Agriculture Program. The ag program combines all three high schools in Hanford resulting in over 1,000 students; however, a majority of these students are not in the OH Career Pathway due to a lack of a constant, fully functional unit. As a comprehensive agriculture program, it is crucial that it incorporates all aspects of agriculture, not just animal science and agricultural mechanics.
This project will provide the Hanford agriculture program with a plan to be implemented so that they may have a functional school garden and OH Unit at the Hanford High Campus. The plan will focus on 4 broad areas: 1) Vegetable boxes, 2) Greenhouses, 3) Shade House, and 4) Beautification. Through these focus areas Hanford will be able to fulfill the National FFA Vision Statement of Growing Leaders, Building Communities and Strengthening Agriculture. This project will Grow Leaders by providing an area for CDE teams to practice their skills, Build Community by providing a vegetable garden that can have its produce donated by the students, and Strengthen Agriculture by providing students skills in horticulture, crop, and soil sciences. This will also teach the students additional information on the workings of greenhouse production, irrigation technology, and human relation skills. These skills will allow the students to learn and get useful hands on experience to help them in their future careers in the industry of agriculture.