During the spring and summer 2019 Agriculture Outreach program provided hands-on farming experience to 8 Orange High School (OHS) students from the Special Education Department in the class of Mr. Damian Paez. Head of the Agriculture Outreach Program is Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Hagop Atamian, Ph.D. The goal of this program is to teach agriculture to high school students with learning disabilities through interactive lessons and field trips. Over a period of 3 months, the students grew their vegetables from seeds and served them in their school after harvest.
“My students truly benefited from this experience as many of them did not fully understand where their food comes from and how it is grown and harvested. It was also exciting to see how willing they were to eat new vegetables that they previously had not tried or were otherwise unwilling to eat.” – Mr. Damian Paez, Orange High School special education teacher