Teachers hit the farm to prepare for new agriculture course

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Teachers traded the classroom for the farm on Tuesday to learn more about environmentally-minded agriculture.

A group of two dozen educators from Massanutten Technical Center are taking part in a week-long program with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for a lesson on keeping streams clean through proper land management.

The information will be used as part of a new course at MTC this upcoming fall focused on various aspects of agriculture — including soil management, livestock production and crop planting.

"We really wanted this course to be a site-based learning class. We didn't want it to be focusing just on classroom instruction," said Kevin Hutton, the Director at MTC.

Students enrolled in the course will travel to Valley View Farm near Broadway to get a hands-on learning experience.

Hutton said the goal of the class is to provoke student interest in both farming and degrees in agriculture.

"It's not necessarily just, 'Here, here's how you run a farm,' but all the professions that surround our agriculture and how our students can profit from and become very productive citizens in those fields," said Hutton.

In addition to MTC students, kids from other schools in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County will be able to visit the farm and learn about the course, according to Hutton.