LCCD’s URBAN AGRICULTURE PROGRAMMING
IN ALLENTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Funded generously in 2019 by:
Harry C. Trexler Trust
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD)
The Rider-Pool Foundation
Welcome to Urban Agriculture in Allentown School District!
Through this field-experience intensive class, students have gained 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
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.
In February of 2019, LCCD was awarded an urban agriculture conservation grant through a partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to boost technical capacity nationwide. LCCD was one of 20 conservation districts across 14 states to receive funding. NACD and NRCS established the Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative in 2016 to help conservation districts and their partners provide much-needed technical assistance for agricultural conservation in developed or predominantly developing areas. Read the district’s project description, as well as the other awardees’ project descriptions, on NACD’s 2019 Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Recipients webpage.
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.
Join LCCD and Urban Agriculture Students
at Building 21’s End of Year Exhibition on June 4, 2019