Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades can enroll in MSTFP's Environmental Science class for their spring and/or fall semesters. In 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years, this elective was Agricultural and Southwest Studies. Elective classes occur daily, providing students with regular and continued access to the garden. This immersive schedule allows them to see the immediate impact of their work, witness minute changes in the plants and soil, and recognize the interdependence of their various studies.
Stuudents tend to crops growing in a hoophouse and in a diversity of bed styles; they care for a 50+ tree heritage orchard and 2 acres of production space. As MSTFP’s largest growing space, much of the food grown here goes to the District’s Distribution Center, and makes its way to schools throughout the district. CMS students also have the option to apply for our Youth Farmers Apprentice Program in the summer. Throughout the program, students take on greater planning responsibilities, learn the in’s and out’s of market farming, develop customer service skills, and so much more.