Animals, Plants and More!
The curriculum in the agriscience program offers a science- based foundation with practical hands-on applications. It covers landscape to plant identification and animal care and breeding. There is a balance of working in the out-of-doors and inside classroom studies. Student leadership is developed through teamwork and FFA club activities, including awards and competitions.
Students start by learning the basic foundation skills associated with the science of agriculture. They learn about animals, natural resources, plant identification, soils, and other sciences. Second-year students enjoy the benefit of enhancing the skills learned and developing more specific interests in the following areas:
Students in Plant Science will raise production greenhouse plans for the spring plant sale and create dynamic floral pieces. They also can compete a the Michigan Floral Conference and receive a student certification.
Students in Animal Science will learn to raise market-ready livestock. All students have the opportunity to raise and compete in livestock competitions at Michigan State University and Jackson County Fair through this class.
The class may take field trips to local farms, businesses, and related industries. Veterinarians and agriculture industry professionals often visit the class to speak with students about jobs and college programs that are viable careers. Successful students are self-motivated, enjoy working outside, getting dirty, and like working with plants and animals. The class requires reading, math, research skills, and is centered around FFA Club activities.
To learn more about our 9th & 10th grade after school Agriscience program, call 517-768-5102.
Mr. Gehrke holds a bachelors degree from MSU's Agriscience program and has professional, on-the-job experience in landscaping and crop cultivation.
Mrs. Tomac is an experienced teacher and FFA Advisor. She holds a bachelors degree in Agriscience (with a minor in Biology) and a master's degree in Agriculture Extension and Education, both from MSU.