As one of the longest running agriculture education programs in the county, South Dade’s Horticultural Operations magnet has a rich tradition of producing many of our area’s future agriculture industry leaders since 1953. A direct reflection of the Homestead community, students in the SDHS program learn and apply biology, botany, entomology, biotechnology, engineering, chemistry, integrated pest management, Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones) and business principles in a real world environment. In the program, students produce their own vegetable and nursery crops from “the ground, up” in the school’s 9 acre land lab, and then market them to areas throughout the state and national level. This experience will give them key skills they need to enter a 2.5 billion dollar industry that is vital to our state economy. Research and internships are also available through partnerships with the University of Florida’s TREC facility that has its home in the heart of the Homestead farming area. Upon completion of the program students will also be eligible to sit for the FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional test and the Florida Department of Agriculture Certified Pesticide Applicator exam. All in all, the ultimate goal of each student is to develop a well-rounded skill set that allows them thrive and succeed in an ever changing world as they pursue a career, or continue their education at a college, university, or vocational school.
Program of Study Course Sequence for Agriscience and Horticultural Operations
- 9th grade: Agriscience Foundations
- 10th grade: Introductory Horticulture
- 11th grade: Horticultural Science
- 12th grade: Advance Concepts of Agriscience (1.0 credit), Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (1.0 credit), and Agricultural Use of UAS Technology (1.0 credit