Agriculture Program

The farm was re-established in 2014 with the hopes that it would provide a holistic approach through farm-based education. The 10 acre farm includes two hoop houses, five passive solar greenhouses, an alfalfa horse pasture, three acres of plots, and a composting operation. 

A wide variety of vegetables and fruit are grown, including:

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  • Watermelon

  • Cantaloupes

  • Peas

  • Mixed Greens

  • Green Beans

  • Corn

  • Tomatoes

  • Carrots

  • Honeydew

  • Cucumbers

  • Beets

  • Bok Choy

  • And much more!

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Garden-to-Plate Program

Our Garden-to-Plate program fosters connections between students, teachers, and what they eat in the cafeteria. Students learn how to grow vegetables and the science behind it. They help in all areas of the farm. In addition, each student receives their own 7 foot by 30 inch garden plot in the hoop house. They learn the joy of digging in the dirt and coaxing healthy produce from the ground. When it ends up on their plate in the cafeteria, a sense of ownership is gained from their experience.

Farm Benefits

There is a sign at the entrance of the farm that reads HIS Garden, a reminder that the farm is a lesson book about our Creator. He is the one that brings life, and causes plants (and us) to grow and bear fruit. Classes also aid in educating our students about nutrition in a hands-on, experiential way.

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  • Work experience

  • Team work skills

  • Exercise

  • Knowledge of growing vegetables

  • Nutritional education

  • Patience

  • Diligence

  • Positivity

Organically Grown

Our produce is grown organically. Once or twice a year our soil is tested and amended with the minerals that the test shows are lacking. We want to provide the best food for our students brain and body health. 

Our Farm Provides Produce To:

  • Students

  • Staff 

  • Local Community

 

If you are interested in what HIS Farm's current projects are please contact the following:

Diana Fish
Director of Development
dfish@hissda.org
(928) 524-6845 Ext.109