Organic & Sustainable Farming

*This is a NEW addition for Agora 2015-16


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Learn the inner workings of the modern organic farm. Students will have the chance to learn where their food comes from and how that food gets from the farm to the table.  Active farmers will be showing students how farmers raise livestock and grow vegetables without the use of pesticides and herbicides.  Students will have the opportunity to plant and care for crops, milk goats, collect eggs and prepare meals directly from the farm.  There will also be demonstration classes on the making of soap and cheese. Finally, students will learn of the careers available in agriculture and how to further pursue those careers. 

Dates and Times

Monday, April 18 to Friday, April 22

Cost: Approx. $700

Student Requirements:

       Application and interview are required to be considered for this trip.

       Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing

       All St. Benedict school rules will apply while on the trip.

       Students should be prepared of the physical nature of the service work we will be doing, such as lifting, bending, shoveling, and spending long hours in the sun and heat.

Faculty: Chris Deakins is in his seventh year at SBPS where he has served as Elementary School Athletic Director and as a middle school Physical Education teacher.  Growing up in central Illinois, Mr. Deakins has worked many hours on large farms and looks forward to sharing his own knowledge of the farm life with students.

AGORA 2015-2016 Catalog

AGORA Registration (Grades 9-12)