Prodigy Roots

Prodigy has launched a 3-phase agriculture plan to benefit our students, families, and community.  We are so grateful that a generous donor has offered a $25,000 matching gift challenge to help accomplish this important initiative.  It has been a long-time dream and plan to provide our students with stewardship training as they care for plants and animals on our beautiful campus.

Phase 1 

The goal here is to get a quick start on things that take little effort and are cost efficient. These items produce quickly or prepare for future harvest. Property groundwork, layout and building design start in preparation for what is to come. 

  • Greenhouse
    • Raised beds
    • Plant tables
    • Watering capabilities
    • Electricity
    • Seedlings 
    • Plant sales
  • Infrastructure 
    • Fencing 
    • Animal housing
    • Equipment
  • Animals 
    • Laying chickens (eggs, chicks)
    • Rabbits (meat, breeders)
    • Ducks (eggs, ducklings)
  • Gardens (herb and vegetable)
    • Roadside veggie stand- honor system
  • Berries (specialty crop that produce in years 2 & 3) 
    • Elderberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries
  • Fruit trees (produce year 4 & 5)
  • Bees- partner with local supplier to sell honey at bulk rate until we can produce our own
  • Maple syrup harvested on the property

Learning Opportunities & Impact 

Although these will be endless, there are a few evident opportunities

  • Students- Work on the farm
    • Raise livestock/ animal husbandry 
    • Grow food and medicine through methods such as:  aquaponics, sustainable gardening, wild foraging
    • Build: wood and metal working
    • Landscaping, land development, land management, ecosystem restoration and preservation
    • Entrepreneurship: product development and sales, management
    • Community connections 
      • Market stocking and deliveries 
  • Community Partners
    • Connect through sales developed and distributed by the kids
    • Invest and receive a “good” for their monetary contribution 
    • Learn agricultural practices through participating in onsite classes