Utilizing a unique partnership between agriculture science classes and the school culinary club, students are experiencing hands on science from seed to dinner table.
“We teach kids about fresh food, diet and where that food comes from,” said Kannapolis Middle School agriculture science teacher Tim Downing.
For 18 years, Downing has been teaching in a variety of positions, from athletic director to core science and math teacher. This year he teaches agricultural science classes full time to 125 students. When not at school, he farms an 11 acre vegetable farm, gaining the necessary experience for his classes.
“Our farm is able to support what we do here,” he said. He added that he is able to have students come to his farm, and he uses stories and case studies from his farm to enhance the information for the class.
This year, students used the new STEM curriculum to focus on studying soil science.