Desert Edge HS Agriculture & FFA
Welcome to the best program in public education today! We connect the head, heart and hands of students to leadership and technical skills needed in today's agriculture industry. Like all successful high school agriculture programs we value the 3 pillars of Class/Lab instruction, FFA & SAE.
We are lucky at DEHS to have great facilities for students to work in every day. We have a 1,000 ft2 greenhouse, 2200 ft2 class/lab, 500 ft2 covered patio lab area and several raised bed gardens and recirculating fish tanks.
FFA is our co-curricular student organization that provides students to compete, travel, earn awards and most importantly develop leadership skills.
SAE is Supervised Agriculture Experience! We want students to have meaningful, personalized, hands-on experience in agriculture. Students select their own unique SAE - it could be anything from growing a garden, to working at ag retailer, or raising livestock. The possibilities are endless.
- What exactly is Agriculture Education at DEHS?
How to grow plants and animals in the most sustainable and efficient manner for food and ornamental purposes. It’s 21st Century skills needed to provide food, fiber and protect our environment in today’s world. Incorporated into that are mechanical skills, leadership/teamwork skills, communication skills, biotechnology, environmental studies and financial management. Students develop a work ethic and become better prepared for life
2. What kind of hands-on learning do students do in Ag classes?
We have a Land Laboratory and Greenhouse that house our raised bed gardens, hydroponics, fruit trees, landscaping demo areas, composting, vermiculture and aquaculture. Everything you see growing was started by students and is maintained by them. In our indoor lab area and patio we have woodworking and welding tools - not to mention some great science equipment!
3. What kinds of jobs can you get in the Agriscience Industry?
Wildlife manager, Water quality manager, Hydrologists, Fish Hatchery Manager, Pesticide Applicator, Plant Breeder, Geneticists, Pet Store manager, Wildlife Biologists, Botanist, Biotechnology Lab Technician, FDA/USDA inspector, Landscaper, Nursery manager, Arborist, Environmental Engineer, Marine Biology and much, much more!
4. Can freshmen take Agriscience classes?
Yes! We welcome freshmen into our Ag 1 class!
5. What other classes are there in the Agriculture program at DEHS?
After Ag 1 we have Ag 2, Ag 3, Ag 4 and Ag Internship. Each course builds on the skills previously gained. Ag Internship is an opportunity for students to get credit for going off campus to gain work experience.