CANTON -- The Agricultural Studies Academy at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Learning Farm is accepting enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year.
The Academy is a partnership between Cornell Cooperative Extension and St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and offers a one-year program to high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in agriculture or agribusiness. The Ag Academy offers an integrated curriculum that emphasizes: business management, plant and crop science, ag mechanics, animal and veterinary science, food production and processing, computer applications, and environmental stewardship.
In addition to receiving classroom instruction, the Academy’s location at Cooperative Extension’s Learning Farm gives students the opportunity to receive hands-on field experience in livestock production and management, poultry production, hay production, rotational grazing, managing a sugar bush, as well as seasonal vegetable and fruit production.
Patty Gilbert, one of two instructors at the Ag Academy explained that having the Academy at Cooperative Extension’s Learning Farm has given students a “real farm” experience with hands-on learning opportunities.
“They have been really excited to learn about animal husbandry, veterinary science and agricultural mechanics,” said Gilbert. “The Academy has given students flexibility and independence while learning at the Farm, and it’s served as a good transition to prepare for college or the workforce next year.”
To enroll, high school students graduating in 2018 must be in good academic standing and have completed their Regents requirements. Students interested in enrolling in the program can initiate the process by contacting their school counselor. Students and parents who would like to learn more about the Ag Academy, or would like to schedule a visit can contact Patty Gilbert at: (315) 379-9192 or email [email protected].