Agriculture is a new program that is offered to students who are interested in studying hydroponics. The first year course is introductory and offered in the 9th grade. If a student wants to continue with the program, we recommend that they apply to the EST Magnet Program via OCPS School Choice in year 10 or before to guarantee a seat. 

The goal of this program is to encourage students to seek careers as farmers, business owners and industry leaders in agriscience in Florida.  Employing progressive farming techniques, students will engage in hands-on learning with advanced hydroponic systems. Produce will be processed on site by students and served in school meals and utilized in a student-managed community farmers market. Students will also learn about healthy nutrition and cooking to improve their overall vitality.  

This project is sponsored by the 4R Foundation and CEO John Rivers (4Rivers BBQ).  A state of the art greenhouse for students is currently under construction across the street on Maury Road, behind CVS.

The total cost for the build-out of this Horticulture Science area is $400,000.  Partners that have joined our efforts include: Dr. Phillips Charities, Florida Blue, Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation, The Martin Andersen - Gracia Andersen Foundation, and Massey Services Inc.

The executive director of the 4R Foundation, Paige Greninger, states, "Our support for Edgewater High School’s Engineering Science and Technology Program through the establishment of 4Roots Farm at Edgewater High School fulfills our key initiative to help create a sustainable, local food network by connecting students, families, businesses and farmers to stimulate the vitality and economy of our communities. The four roots of change targeted are education, health, and wellness, economic stimulus and community impact. We believe this collaboration and connection will have a positive impact in stimulating and sustaining our communities."

The courses offered in this program include:

Agriscience Foundations

This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of agricultural history and the global impact of agriculture; career opportunities; scientific and research concepts; biological and physical science principles; environmental principles; agriscience safety; principles of leadership; and agribusiness, employability, and human relations skills in agriscience.  Laboratory-based activities are an integral part of this course.  These include the safe use and application of appropriate technology, scientific testing, and observation equipment.

Laboratory investigations that include scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem-solving, emerging technologies, tools and equipment, as well as, experimental quality, and safety procedures will be an integral part of this course. Students will interact with materials and primary sources of data or with secondary sources of data to observe and understand the natural world.  Students will develop an understanding of measurement error, and develop the skills to aggregate, interpret, and present the data and resulting conclusions. Equipment and supplies will be provided to enhance these hands-on experiences for students.  A minimum of 20% of classroom time will be dedicated to laboratory experiences.

Agritechnology 1

This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of agriscience industry careers; prevention and treatment of livestock diseases; livestock anatomy; wholesale cuts of meat; animal reproduction and identification; animal safety; animal-health certification; plant growth; plant fertilization; safe use of pesticides; maintenance of tools and equipment; record keeping; and employability skills.

Agritechnology 2

This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of welding; small gasoline engine service and repair; preventative maintenance procedures; irrigation system repair; refrigeration; new and emerging technologies; financial management skills; and employability skills.

SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience)/Executive Internship

Students are placed under the guidance of an agriculture expert to explore a project completed over the course of the year.  This experience could be paid or unpaid. Click here for more detailed information.