LCCD’s URBAN AGRICULTURE PROGRAMMING
IN ALLENTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Pilot of “Conservation 101 Field Experiences” began during the summer of 2017 with the formation of a partnership between LCCD agricultural conservation specialist, LCCD Education and Outreach Coordinator, the Allentown School District and Building 21 High School. Thanks to generous support from the Rider-Pool Foundation and Harry C. Trexler Trust, the first pilot sessions of the “Field Experiences” revolving around an urban agriculture curriculum designed by LCCD were offered during the spring of 2018. A second pilot of sessions adapted to a new learning platform is currently being offered during academic year 2018-19. A third pilot program will run during the spring of 2019.
Broad participation, support and interest for the program has been received from local farmers, business organizations, foundations, the Allentown School District, and the City of Allentown. Each of these entities has greatly contributed to development of this program.
During the pilot semesters of this curriculum, students have been gaining knowledge about place-based growing and the value of nutritious food as they:
DISCOVER how growing sustainably can enhance our environment, community and our life
LEARN how to grow nutritious fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs in space that is available
EXPLORE traditional and innovative careers in the agriculture industry
Please Join LCCD at Building 21’s Winter Expedition
Where the Urban Agriculture Program will be
Showcased on Thursday, January 24