Pasture Raised Pioneers

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2024: $5,645.00
Projected End Date: 02/15/2026
Grant Recipient: Zane Trace HS
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
Project Manager:
Jennifer Johnston
Zane Trace HS


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Proposal abstract:

Through this grant, students will manage a small group of cattle
on a rotational grazing system. The students will participate in
moving the cattle to different paddocks within our current 2 acre
pasture throughout the year to maximize the growth of beneficial
forages and reduce the impact of overgrazing. Students from the
high school agriculture program will evaluate and manage the
cattle and pasture as well as lead lessons involving elementary
students in grades 1-4 at Zane Trace School. Climate resilience,
regenerative grazing and nutrient management are all topics that
will be taught through this grant project. 

Project objectives from proposal:

  1. Increase rotational grazing and animal husbandry skills among
    40 high school agriculture students by involving them in
    management tasks related to raising a small herd of Jersey
    females in a dairy/beef crossbred operation at Zane Trace High
  2. Provide educational outreach to increase awareness of
    sustainable agriculture for at least 350 students in grades 1-4
    at Zane Trace Elementary through pasture tours and classroom
  3. Introduce high school agriculture students to livestock
    career opportunities through a visit to the Ohio State Dairy
    Farm, a local pasture based livestock operation and three guest
    speakers in class. 
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