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Mrs. McAllister, teacher
Jennifer McAllister
Science Instructor

Agriscience - FFA

2017 FFA Officers

2016 West Sacramento FFA Officers

Sustainability Fieldtrip to UC Davis

Farm to Fork Festival

Helping Little Ones Learn About Planting

Students enrolled in the Farm to Fork pathway will experience agriculture through sustainable hands-on activities in the school garden and classroom.  Reinforcement of Biology and Chemistry concepts help provide real world application of processes and concepts taught in the “D” Lab Science requirement courses.
Benefits of Taking This Pathway

Benefits of Taking This Pathway

Students will learn about how to create: healthy soil, ecosystems that support biodiversity, and production of nutritious food. Application of concepts and process, evaluation and problem solving strategies will be used in the garden when: watering, drainage, pest control, fertility of soil, and growth and production of crops from seed to transplant and harvest.  Public speaking skills and leadership will be developed and challenged through competitions and events.  In addition to this students will learn about the history of Agriculture, the possible future of agriculture, environmental awareness, sustainability and global food issues.

Students will benefit from the development of their leadership and public speaking skills for future opportunities in post-secondary education and work experience. Another benefit will be student understanding of how to grow healthy food that they are proud of.  Possible work experience could be at any of our 5 Urban farms here in West Sacramento.  This pathway will reinforce students skills in writing, reading, and research for lab reports.

Summary of Courses

Summary of Courses

Ag Biology
Agricultural Biology is an introductory course for the Farm-to-Fork Pathway and includes strong components of leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education and membership in the National FFA (Future Farmers of America) program.  Using agriculture as the learning vehicle, this course emphasizes the principles, concepts and relationships among living organisms. The course is centered around an extensive laboratory component in order to connect the big ideas of life science with agricultural applications, which will help students acquire a broad understanding of a variety of agricultural areas, develop an awareness of the many career opportunities in agriculture, participate in occupationally relevant experiences, and work cooperatively with a group to develop and expand leadership abilities. This course meets the life science portion of the two-year laboratory requirement for high school graduation. This course is UC/CSU A-G approved.
Farm-to-Fork I
Sacramento is the Farm to Fork Capital of the nation, possibly in the World.  With several Farm to Fork businesses established in West Sacramento and across the river, we will have a support system to further this movement in the education of our students. The students in this class will get hands on experience growing vegetables, fruits, flowers and trees from seeds, to transplanting, to harvesting,  with the ultimate goal of feeding the students, staff of RCHS, and possibly the district with a healthy “home grown” crop of food.  Economics and sustainability will also be incorporated into the growing experience.  Composting healthy balanced soil will be an ongoing activity and a foundation for our class success.  Understanding of organic versus non-organic crops will be taught and experienced as well.  Life skills will be taught at every opportunity to encourage understanding of Farm to Fork Sustainable Agriculture. This course is UC/CSU A-G approved.
Farm-to-Fork II
Farm to Fork 2 is a hands-on CTE class that uses chemistry and lab based experiences in the classroom and garden (RCHS and/ or Bryte Campus) to teach sustainable agriculture practices.  Students will learn about local food production that includes many different crops and why it is healthier.  In the beginning of class we will review and expand upon how to: create healthy soil, grow healthy food, deliver the food to our cafeteria or to the Culinary Class at Bryte and will end with career exploration and guidance in agriculture fields.  Guest speakers from and fieldtrips in, our community will add relevance to the curriculum. A scientific composition notebook will be kept to perform scientific lab reports, write about articles on scientific concepts, and perform written activities from research in the computer lab. This is a fun, active class that teaches you leadership skills, public speaking skills, where your food comes from and how to eat healthy.  This course is UC/CSU A-G approved.
Pathway Courses

Pathway Courses

 9,10,11 Ag Biology
 9,10,11 Farm to Fork I
10,11,12                                           Farm to Fork II
In order for a student to maximize their industry readiness and to receive a CTE pathway graduation cord, they will need to complete all courses within the pathway.
 Classes must be taken in sequential order.
Potential Careers

Potential Careers

HS Diploma
  • City Park Worker
  • Forestry Aide
  • Crop Inspector
  • Irrigator
  • Park Aide
  • Gardener/Groundskeeper
  • Feeder
  • Ag Supplies Warehouse
  • Ag Equipment Operator
  • Farmworker
2 Year College Degree
  • Land Use Planning Technician
  • Field Representative Technician
  • Animal Health Technician
  • Landscape Designer
  • Forestry Technician
  • Ag Sales and Service Technician
  • Ag Equipment Service
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic
4 Year College Degree
  • Soil/Water Manager
  • Agronomist
  • Country Planner/Landscape
  • Veterinarian
  • Plant/Animal Geneticist
  • Forester/Ranger
  • Ag Teacher
  • Ag Developer
  • Ag Engineer
  • Ag Business Owner
  • Ag Pest Control Adviser