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Through the CDFA Grant, students and Advisors of Denair FFA Animal Science Pathway and Farm to Fork Class will manage all permaculture facets at Earl Reid School Farm, year-round. Student interns will manage the crops, fruits, animals and vermiculture entities as their Supervised Agricultural Education (SAE) Projects. The benefits of students working at the school farm will be opportunity for managerial growth, product production, grant and scholarship opportunity, and National FFA Organization recognition in proficiency awards and FFA degrees. The grant allows for a school farm revamp and motivations to provide a fully functional school farm to students and the community.
Denair FFA Chapter will partner with DUSD School Lunch Program to legally produce usable, high-nutrient value, processed produce, meats and herbs for student lunches at Denair High School and Middle School. Quantitatively, the goal is to produce 1,000 pounds of produce and processed foods for the school lunch program in the first year.
CDFA funding provides a HACCP Alliance Food Safety Certification program to all volunteers who are processing, handing, and delivering produce and foods to Denair Unified School District for consumption, while also ensuring the proper safety and handling of food identified through the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Advisors gain proctor and instructor certification in order to teach and test students in HACCP Food Handling. The purpose of this is to create longevity in the program and allow multiple students the opportunity to become certified for a lower cost to the program. Advisors and students will legally be able to process foods for the school lunch program.
Agricultural production at Earl Reid School Farm will maintain a 100% sustainable, permaculture practice including a vermiculture unit to produce high quality worm castings for fertilizing and practicing conservative agriculture. All castings and waste from animal co-operations on campus will be used for compost and soil enrichment to sustain proper soil health and nutrients back into the soil medium. All produce that is not used in the school lunch program will be returned back to the school farm to maintain the compost and vermiculture practice. This full circle of product use will be sustained through continuous use of produce and compost to benefit future growing seasons.