The Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Cluster includes the production, processing, marketing, financing, distribution, and devleopment of agricultural commodities and resources. These commodities include food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products and/or resources.
Agricultural Education is comprised of three distinct, yet interrelated components. First, students will participate in classroom and laboratory experiences. In the classroom, students learn concepts and theories dealing with a broad spectrum of agricultural and agribusiness topics. Drawing upon classroom concepts, students participate in the laboratory experience. During this time, students have the opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of concepts through direct application in real-world scenarios.
The classroom and laboratory experience culminate in the form of the Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE). This component requires students to carry out an approved agricultural project. These projects cn vary from traditional home projects to entrepreneurship ot cooperative work experience in production or agribusiness.
The last component is the Future Farmer's of America (FFA) student organization. FFA serves to elaborate on classroom and laboratory concepts and foster leadership skills. As an integral, intracurricular component of the agricultural education program, FFA provides extensive opportunities for student incentives.
-Meet Our Instructors-
Mr. Jeff Hawkins, Young Farmers
Mr. Michael Ferguson, Cedartown Campus
Mr. Ferguson graduated from Cedartown High School in 1994. He continued his education at Berry College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture in 1998. He has worked in the horticulture industry for ove rtwelve years, including six years as the Head Horticulturalist at Barnsley Gardens Resort. He began his tecahing career in 2008.
Ms. Polly Baron, Rockmart Campus
(Each pathway is a sequence of three courses that must be completed in the order shown on our course guide)
Food Animal Systems
Agriculture Mechanics Systems
Companion Animal Systems
Horticulture and Forest Science