Academy of Agriculture & Food Science
The Mission of the Academy of Ag & Food Science
The mission of the Hagerman High School - Academy of Agriculture and Food Science program is to provide a project-based learning experience in which we emphasize the importance of food safety, nutrition, and careers in real-world food production and processing science lab.
Hagerman High School began the new and innovative Academy of Agriculture and Food Science program in the 2018-2019 school year to bridge the gaps in understanding the farm-to-table cycle; showing the links between food, fork, and family in Southern Idaho. In addition, teaching K-12 students (and by extension – their families) healthy eating, while identifying education and career opportunities in food production, processing, and science for the community’s junior and senior high school youth.
Currently, the AAFS program is housed in the HHS Ag shop and greenhouse. A classroom, tool room, and storage area were repurposed in the shop to provide a kitchen and food science lab classroom for food sciences.
Future plans include a 115’ x 30’ expansion to the building, adding 2-functioning food processing classrooms. This addition is necessary for the facility to become USDA inspected and approved, thus allowing for students to market and sell finished products and create a revenue stream to help sustain the program.