Packer Land Lab (44th Street Property)
Agriscience students in the Farm Business Management class use the Packer Land Lab located on 44th Street as a hands-on/real-life business project. Through critical partnerships established with Nestle Gerber, North Central Co-Op, Karnemaat Farms, and hundreds of local farmers, Fremont Public Schools is able to utilize the property as a student-led farm. Students determine planting, planting schedule, water input, fertilizer, pest eradication and harvesting yields. In addition, students make financial and personnel decisions based on the needs of the farm. The real world decisions incorporated in this agriscience program allow students to experience agriscience, business, and financial careers in a way that is not duplicated.
The agri-science career field continues to be one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy. Our farming community and corporate sponsors, along with the FPS School Board provide our students with real world opportunities that cannot be matched in any other way. The ever increasing number of recent Michigan State University graduates working in agriscience careers, who took part if this program as high school students provides the program with unmatched accountability data. Fremont Public Schools has a unique opportunity to offer this program.
In addition to the direct benefits of the Packer Land Lab, there are several realized benefits as well. Proceeds from the Packer Land Lab have been used to construct the Livestock Barn and allow the program to undertake livestock projects. These animals are used during classes, for special projects with other grade levels and for students to raise market animals for the county fair.