There are a lot of "firsts" this year for AHCA. This is our first year with a high school campus separate from the elementary school and the first year with the grounds on which to set up vegetable and flower gardens and a fruit orchard. This is our first year with a Nutrition class, Life Skills class, and a Home Economics class.
Through these classes, we seek to set a foundation for healthy eating while emphasizing overall health, as well as teach every day fundamentals from setting up a first home or apartment to budgeting and paying bills, to planning menus and purchasing necessities. We will also use hands on teaching approaches to give students the opportunity to learn cooking skills, food storage techniques, as well as preparing the ground for planting seeds, nurturing these seedlings, harvesting the foods and then using them to prepare dishes or preserve for future use.
In season fruits and vegetables will be utilized on a daily basis in the classes listed above, as well as distributed among the students for consumption during school hours. Foods raised and harvested in excess will be donated to Adullam House Ministries.
Vision: Educate students year-round through hands on experiences in planting, maintaining, harvesting, storing, and cooking nutritional meals. Provide AHCA high school students mentorship opportunities with our elementary students in order to teach them how to plant, identify, and harvest vegetables.
Short term goals: maintenancing current beds, building additional raised beds, purchasing and preparing soil, purchasing and planting seeds for vegetables and herbs, purchasing and planting flower beds to attract bees which will aid pollination, establish a compost bin and worm bed which will aid in improving soil conditions.