Leveraging the resources of the Fisher Fund for Lifelong Learning, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation launched a Youth Pathways initiative in 2018, focused on introducing students to and training them for careers in food, agricultural and environmental sciences. Each year, organizations throughout the state are invited to submit proposals for innovative projects that would help to address the need to attract more young people to careers in these fields.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is proud to announce that Noble Local School District is a 2021 recipient of a Youth Pathways for Careers in Agriculture Grant. The grant funds will assist this nonprofit as it develops programming that will prepare students for post-secondary training or direct placement in food, agricultural and environmental sciences industries.
The Green Acres Farm project will address multiple career exploration/experience needs throughout the Noble Local School District. First, Shenandoah High School plans to develop an agriculture pathway that leads to the Ohio AgriBusiness Association industry credential, which requires students to document 500 hours of work in an entrepreneurial, placement or research-driven project pertaining to the agriculture industry.
Additionally, the school district will provide Lean Six Sigma yellow belt training (3-point credential) and green belt training (6-point) to all high school students. Creating and implementing business plans for Green Acres Farm is consistent with earning these stackable business process improvement credentials, which will be instrumental in preparing students to be future ag-career ready.