Austin High School

Since 2012 we have partnered with Austin High School, creating service learning projects and farm-based education curriculum to allow students to learn about sustainable agriculture and local food systems.

Below are samples of student projects that have been completed here on the farm:


 

Austin High School Food Project Overview

Background:

Green Gate Farms is a local certified organic farm located in east Austin. One of the functions of this farm is to feed Austin residents through a “CSA”. CSA Stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSAs allow city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer.

This farm also seeks to educate residents about sustainable farming. In 2014, the farm began construction of an on-farm Education Center which seeks to establish connections between what is learned in a formal classroom setting and a functional sustainable farm. This Education Center’s learning stations will be designed in part by the AGS 9th grade class.

Project Objective:

Create a “learning station” for visitors to interact with at the farm. Visitors should be able to learn about a given topic without the guidance of a farmer or other employee of Green Gate Farms.

To help achieve this goal, each learning station must contain the following three elements:

 A short 3-5 minute instructional video

 A text reference that contains the same information as the video for visitors to use if the video is unavailable or

 A viewing guide to help visitors take notes about the information from the text reference or video

Topics:

Your group will establish learning materials for one of the following topics (selected during World Geography):

 Nitrogen Cycle (including Denitrification)

o Nitrogen Fixation

o Ammonification

o Nitrification

 Differences between industrial and sustainable farms

o Carbon cycle

o Crop diversity/seasonality

 Husbandry/Role of animals on an industrial farm versus a sustainable farm

o Guinea Hogs

o Chickens/Hens

 Other

o Major organic compounds (carbs, lipids, proteins), nutrition

o Overview of farm ecosystem

o Water (flow on farm, irrigation systems, sources)


Self Guided Tour

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