Pine Creek Structures will install two Dutch styled pre-fabricated farm store front and storage structures at Fox Chase Farm. This service includes all labor and materials and ensures a professional and safe environment for participating students. Fox Chase Farm supports agriculture and youth grades Pre-K-12. More than 25,000 students visit the farm annually. Teachers will assist students in the development of their agribusiness plan. The Farm Store Front and storage structures will be used by the urban agriculture Senior Year Only Program (SYOP) enrolled students to launch their agribusiness experience career opportunities. Students enrolled in the urban agriculture program will expand their conceptual ideas of agribusiness, and launch their aspirations into an actual business through the use of these structures. The Farm Store Front and storage structures will be the physical store where students participating in agriculture career development will run the farm store year round. Students are enrolled at the Fox Chase Farm from September to June with internships during the summer.
Agriculture students need workforce development experiences that will help them understand how the industry operates. Fox Chase Farm does not have physical structures that will allow students to have workforce development experiences. Purchasing structures for student agribusinesses for store front and storage space will address our students' need to gain workforce development experiences. This project will immerse urban agriculture students SYOP directly into agribusiness career experiences, increase agriculture literacy among Pre-K-12 grade, and build awareness of the community of the importance of agriculture literacy.
The Agriculture and Youth Organization Matching Grant Program is covering 50% of the cost. The Board approved the grant under Action Item No. 4 on August 15, 2019. The remaining 50% (the match) is coming from Fox Chase Farm’s Agriculture budget. The SYOP students are employed by the School District from June to August to continue their education career engagement opportunities. This grant will allow students to execute their business plans with real-time results. SYOP students enrolled in this intensive urban agriculture program will be immersed in creating their own agribusiness. Over 25,000 students will be agribusiness housed in these structures.