Engaging Student Learning in Agriculture

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2013: $2,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2014
Region: North Central
State: Wisconsin
Project Manager:
Amber Marlow
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College

Annual Reports


  • Vegetables: cucurbits
  • Animals: poultry, swine


  • Animal Production: aquaculture
  • Crop Production: seed saving
  • Education and Training: youth education

    Proposal abstract:

    The "Engaging Student Learning in Agriculture" project will recruit up to 15 high school aged students from the Sawyer County area schools to participate in a sustainable agriculture camp.  The overall program will take place at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC) Sustainable Agriculture Research Station and bi-weekly educational opportunities structured between May and September, 2013; providing opportunities for youth to engage in hands-on sustainable agriculture practices, visit institutions of higher education, tour local businesses with a sustainable agriculture focus and providing multiple platforms for the youth to engage with the community on sustainable agriculture activism and their camp experiences.

    Topics identified include:  skills in organic growing practices, soil amendments, gardening, harvesting, and seed saving.  Students will meet with Elders who will pass on their knowledge, skills, and wisdom of traditional Ojibwe ways of sustenance.  Students will participate in farmers market, CSA, and community gardens.

    Finally, students will learn about the educational pipeline available to enter the workforce in sustainable agriculture.  Ultimately, the students can take their new knowledge and skills, becoming, lifelong leaders and advocates for sustainable agriculture, promoting regional food systems development.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.