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Campion Academy is introducing a new agriculture class called Acquainting Agriculture. This program has a unique emphasis in pointing the students from creation to their Creator through direct contact with His handiwork. It is offered as an elective, vocational class which will be available to students in grades nine through twelve.
Anna Perea, wife of Campion's chaplain, Esequias Perea, will be the instructor for the course. “As students begin to see the incredible design, purpose and beauty of each plant, spoken into existence so long ago, we believe hearts will be revived in response to these evidences of His exhaustless love. Therefore, instead of selecting a “cash crop” for the school to mass produce simply for revenue’s sake, we will grow as much of a variety as possible to appreciate our Maker’s creative power,” she explained.
As our agriculture program reveals “God at work in nature, making plain the things of the kingdom of heaven” (Ellen G. White, 6T p. 185), it will also allow each student enrolled in the class, the opportunity to learn how to garden year-round with a simple, low cost approach. For instance, instead of using expensive greenhouses, the program will incorporate mobile caterpillar tunnels built from inexpensive materials that anyone can purchase at a local hardware store. The program will also be conducted without the use of electricity, a major expense to growers and devastating to the budget.
The cafeteria will be supplied with their fresh produce needs throughout the school year. However, in addition to supplying the school’s food needs, each student will have the chance to earn money towards their education. As part of the class’s final project, each student will be required to sell their harvested crop to a local customer, restaurant or farmer’s market. Then the majority of the proceeds will be returned to the student to use towards their tuition costs.
At this early, beginning stage of the program’s existence, Acquainting Agriculture must be a volunteer and donation-based class. We have already received a lot of support and encouragement from people invested in the school’s wellbeing, but we would like to solicit our readers’ help too. Please visit our new “Agriculture” page on Campion’s website (campion.net/agriculture) and peruse the details of the new program. All donations can be made to the school through the same page by scrolling all the way down to the bottom. We also keep everyone informed of our progress through our newsletter; you may wish to subscribe on our website and receive all the latest updates.
-- Jill Harlow with Anna Perea; photo provided by Anna Perea with her family