Agriculture Course Offerings

Summer Course:

Sustainable Vegetable Production (July 3rd - August 31, 2017)

Times: Tuesday and Fridays (8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

This unique outdoor course will take place at both the Sardis Secondary School Greenhouse and the new Sardis Secondary School Farm (on Richardson Avenue). Students will be taught about food production through practical hands-on experiences. Students will learn skills in land preparation, planting, weed control, pest management, fertilizing, pruning, harvesting, marketing and sales. They will also work alongside community partners who are specialists in the various commodities grown. As a side benefit, students will be consumers of the various foods grown and will be encouraged to prepare the food and eat it with their families.

Course offerings:

1. Skills Explorations 10 (Offered to current Grade 9 students) - 4 credits (80 hrs)

2. Independent Directed Studies (IDS) 12 (Offered to current Grade 10/11 students) - 40 hrs (2 credits)

3. Independent Directed Studies (IDS) 12 (Offered to current Grade 10/11 students) - 80 hrs (4 credits)

8-Credit Semestered Courses:

Science 10/Agriculture 11 (DOUBLE BLOCK)                                                                                                                                

This course will be offered over both morning blocks for the entire semester, allowing students to complete graduation requirements for both Science 10 and Science 11. This course is created for students who prefer a hands-on approach to learning science. Students will spend a large component of their time in the course working at the SSS Farm learning about field crop production. Science 10 concepts in genetics and chemistry will be taught with an agricultural focus, including topics in genetic selection, GMOs, soil composition and more. Students will also spend time at the SSS Greenhouse and take part in several agricultural field trips. Science 10 concepts will include, genetics, physical chemistry, energy, and space. Science 11 credit will include the sustainability of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in BC.

Agriculture 12 (DOUBLE BLOCK) with UFV credit                                                                                                                                                

This course will be offered over both morning blocks for the entire semester, allowing students to complete 2 grade 12 courses and a first year UFV Agriculture course (subject to approval). This course is created for students who have a passion for agriculture and who have excelled in Ag 11 or the summer agriculture program. Students will spend a large component of their time at the SSS Farm planning, implementing and managing crops and working on the CSA program offered by the Ag program. Students will do a project that coincides with their passions in agriculture in either: pest management, crop planning, or the business of agriculture. There is also an opportunity to partner with UFV to give students a head-start in their post-secondary agriculture education.

4-Credit Semestered Courses:

Agriculture 11

This course is designed to teach concepts around food production using hands-on methods, primarily at the school greenhouse. Students will learn skills in growing food in the SSS Greenhouse (peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers), growing field crops at the SSS Farm, and growing flowers in the SSS Greenhouse. Students will also learn about animal agriculture through field trips and guest speakers. Students can expect roughly 50% theory and 50% doing hands-on activities in the greenhouse or at the farm. Topics will include the sustainability of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in BC.

Agriculture 12

This course is an extension of Agriculture 11. Students will be given greater responsibility in managing aspects of the SSS Greenhouse and the SSS Farm. They will be included in crop planning, managing sales of produce, and spend time learning about current global issues in the world of agriculture and food production. As in Agriculture 11, a large component of this class will be learning through hands-on methods that complement the theory learned in class.