NEW VISION, SAME MISSION
Marion Academy will implement in addition to current curriculum a focus on Farm to Table/Agricultural Science courses incorporating project-based learning. Students will be engaged in growing a school wide organic garden. They will work in teams construct/ prepare their garden to produce healthy vegetables. They will be challenged to experiment to determine the best methods and practices. As produce is harvested, students will sell the produce to the community.
•Plant Organic Garden behind the school
•Elementary will incorporate Agricultural lessons into the
•7th-12th Offer a dedicated Agriculture Class.
•Continue w/ organic garden, projects, etc.
The MA Development Task Force will:
•Develop the plan for the focus on Agriculture Science and begin grant applications process/
•Develop a 3-5 year plan.
•Begin reaching out to foundations, businesses & associations to contribute knowledge, materials and funding.
BENEFITS OF AGRICULTURE EDUCATION
•High Tech-High Touch
•Teamwork- Interaction with classmates
• Develop Problem-solving skills
•Gain appreciation of the work it takes to grow food
•Recognize interlocking role of food production with environmental quality
•Increased interest in eating healthy vegetables
•Develop marketing and business skills when selling produce
•Courses and hands-on projects make connection to real life
•Direct connection to STEM (Science, technology, engineering, math)
•Opportunity to work directly with members of their community
•Career possibilities- USDA predicts need for 57,900 jobs needed in food-science industries
•Develop skills in leadership & communication
WHY WILL THIS WORK AT MARION ACADEMY?
•Agricultural Science fits our location, resources & environment
•Richest soil in Alabama “The Black Belt”
•Multiple sustainable farms nearby
•Parents involved in organic, sustainable gardening
•Regional resource in cattle farming, catfish farming & Auburn University Ext. Farm
IMPLICATIONS AND IMPACT
•Contributing to our community & developing partnerships
•Partnering with the City of Marion in the rebirth of “The Farmers Market”
•Bringing in revenue
HOW CAN I BECOME A SUPPORTER?
There are numerous ways to support the vision of Marion Academy in providing experiential education for the children of Marion, Perry County and the surrounding areas.
1. Donation: Wish List Items, Cash, Check, Credit Card, Money Transfer, Stocks, Property
2. Volunteering: Teaching your expertise, offering your facility for teaching purposes
3. Corporate Partnering: jobs for students, alumni internships