CAL planning to roll out farm to school program

CAL students work to construct a structure to be used for livestock as part of the future farm to school program coming to the district. When complete, the farm will feature various species of livestock as well as an area for fruits and vegetables. SUBMITTED PHOTO

If passersby see a pig or a goat roaming the CAL school grounds in the near future, there’s a good chance it’s supposed to be there.

Staff and students at CAL are hard at work building structures, gathering materials and applying for grants to a farm to school program to CAL. Administrator Steve Lane said that the plan is to have an area near the school where students can raise livestock, fruits and vegetables, which will then be used in the school’s hot lunch program and featured in other school activities.

Lane said the “farm” will include a couple of livestock barns and a chicken coop. He said the animals, at first, will likely be goats, pigs and chickens.

As part of CAL’s afterschool program, some students have had the chance to help build structures for the animals. With guidance from Hampton-Dumont-CAL building trades instructor David Harms, Lane said constructing the “barns” challenges students to follow building plans, use hammers and learn about angles. The eagerness with which the students have taken up the construction, he said, shows their excitement for the farm to school project.

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