The students of sustainable agriculture at R-S Central High School sell the products of their education through the Farmers Fresh Market.
The program has grown tremendously -both in size and offerings- since Brandon Higgins took over four years ago. The number of students has risen from 75 to more than 225. This year, Lisa Higgins has become the second teacher in the program. The students now farm on 30 acres, have a brand-new greenhouse, and a new animal science program. They have used their goats, pigs, and chickens to naturally clear and fertilize the new land. Soon they will begin raising tilapia in their old greenhouse.
Brandon's first crop of students has just graduated and many have chosen to pursue further agricultural education. The Higgins stand as an inspiration to the new food economy of Rutherford County by giving kids a profitable alternative to moving away from home.