Thursday, May 30, 2019
Skies were cloudy but the farm animals – chickens, goats, sheep, and more – welcomed visitors to Vincent High School this spring to showcase the only urban agriculture program in Milwaukee. Families and the community toured Vincent’s barns, chicken coop, and classrooms to see the many agricultural activities that students engage in during the school day.
Students described caring for more than two dozen chickens and collecting eggs for sale, selecting and raising lambs to be shown at the Wisconsin State Fair in August, and other activities involved in caring for farm animals. Indoors, students held a houseplant sale, built planters, gave tours of the school’s greenhouse, and answered questions about a student art gallery. Culinary arts students showed off their skills by selling refreshments, fresh eggs, and student-made candles, lip balm, and lotions produced from school-grown aloe and beeswax.
Visitors were excited to hear from students about the hands-on work in their classes and to find out about the many career options possible through direct work in agriculture or support of the agriculture industry. Students expressed their interest in careers such as floral design, veterinary work, culinary arts, graphic design, research, marketing, and fiber arts.
Harold S. Vincent High School is located at 7501 N. Granville Road. To learn about the many options available to students, visit the Vincent High School website.