by Michaela Miller and David Stewart
“Learning to do. Doing to learn. Earning to live. Living to serve.”
That’s the motto of Lynn Camp’s agriculture program that had its official opening for its new farm. The school held a ribbon cutting ceremony that introduced Lynn Camp’s farm and its high expectations.
A little over three years ago, Knox County School Board member Merrill Smith approached the school’s principal, Anthony Pennington, about having a school-run working farm. Smith reminded the principal that since some of the community’s people depended on farming to live, the school should teach its students how to farm…for those that wished to learn.
“The things the students are going to learn on this farm, they can apply in the real-world,” said Pennington.
Through the program, the school developed two teaching models, Beef 1 and Beef 2. Both of these fall under the umbrella of the FFA (Future Farmers of America). Beef 1 is an introduction of raising beef cattle for profit. Beef 2 involves more detailed information and hands-on application of actually growing beef cattle that will be sold.
“There are endless possibilities to what this farm can do for our school,” said Pennington. “We are only one of five schools in the state of Kentucky that have a farm. Only two, including ours, have a farm owned and operated by the school itself.”
Four cows, currently being housed at the farm, were donated by Benny and Ruth Pennington, jimmy Hendrickson, Larry Taylor, and Merrill Smith, and the agriculture program is looking to get more livestock. Monies for general farm upkeep were also donated by State Rep. Jim Stewart, Gambrel Toyota, David Jorjani and Kim Merida.
Agriculture teacher, Dustin Johnson, commented, “We are a community and we are very proud of what we have here at Lynn Camp,” said Johnson. “The students were a big part in making this happen.”
“This farm might say Lynn Camp on it, but like our Robotics program, we have invited Knox Central and Corbin to be a part of it,” said Pennington. “It is the right thing to do. As we dream big about the future, I would like to see us start to create our own beef for the school/school system. Perhaps someday we will sell our own LC beef (Lynn Camp branded beef).”
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