Buddy Taylor’s Agronomy, Engineering and Biotechnology Flagship helps students to understand the challenges and opportunities of growing high quality and bountiful food supplies using 21st Century technologies. With the $10,000 awarded to the school for its Flagship program, teachers were able to purchase equipment and renovate two classrooms that will become in-door learning spaces that complement on-campus gardens and visits to nearby farms.
During the 2015-16 school year students focused their efforts working with Economic Development professionals to create and sustain a community garden that was placed in a remediated brownfield in the city of Bunnell. In addition to traditional farming methods, students explored hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics. Students walked away with greater knowledge and the pride in knowing they were part of a solution in creating an abundant garden in an area once identified as potentially dangerous.