Instructor: Matthew Dragon
802-728-9595 ext. 410
Check out these short videos showing some of our students at work in the greenhouse, and others participating in a maple competition.
Diversified Ag students at work!
Students have also been learning how to hew a beam from a White Pine log using traditional hand tools. Once finished, the beam was used in the construction of the timber framed outdoor classroom by the Construction Trades program. You can see it all here: DA students hew a beam from white pine
About Our Program
The Diversified Agriculture program introduces students to career and education opportunities by highlighting our region’s rapidly growing farm and agriculture-related economy. Students engage by focusing on plant, soil, and animal sciences through both classroom and experiential learning. With an on-site market garden, remote field campus, heated greenhouse, and high tunnel, students master the skills and techniques required for growing and harvesting vegetables year-round.
They also acquire technical skills during field experiences at local farms, and from on-site visiting instructors. Students are trained in safe tractor operation as well as welding and blacksmithing in the program’s shop facilities. In the classroom, they also learn the essentials of farm business management, the importance of marketing, and successful strategies for selling produce and value-added products to the community. Throughout the program, students will use scientific and project-based methods to gain a thorough understanding of the opportunities, challenges, rewards and skills involved in the local agriculture economy. You'll find our Program of Study, Syllabus, and other important documents in the 'documents' box to the left.
While covering a full curriculum of content specific to this trade, students will be trained and assessed in accordance with Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs). For more information on Proficiency Based Learning, visit the VT Agency of Education’s website at: education.vermont.gov
Career opportunities include:
Ag Equipment Operator
Artificial Insemination Tech
Meat and Cheese production
Farm / Dairy Herd Manager
Food Systems & Distribution
Average salaries in the agricultural industry:
Farm Manager - $50,200
Ag Inspector - $37,900
Forester - $58,200
Conservation Scientist - $61,000
Ag Equipment Operator - $33,900
Agronomist - $59,000
Community Partners / Employers:
Advanced Welding Institute
Ayers Brook Goat Dairy
Biedler Family Farm
Luna Bleu Farm
FFA (Future Farmers of America)
UVM Extension Service
VT Technical College
College Credit Opportunities:
Dual Enrollment courses using free vouchers at Randolph Technical Career Center:
ACC 1001 Office Accounting I
BUS 1010 Introduction to Business
ENG 1061 English Composition
Dual Enrollment courses using free vouchers at Vermont Technical College campus:
AGR 1050 Livestock Production
AGR 1011 Agricultural Techniques I
LAH 1050 Introduction to Soils
First aid & CPR
Game of Logging 1 & 2
Vermont National Guard Welding Challenge
FFA Dairy Foods Competition
Check out our recent work with Vermont Farm to Plate, and don't forget to click on the Career Profiles Project at the bottom of the page! And while you're at it, check out a few Farmer Profiles by clicking on the pdf in the documents box to the left, and learn more about what it takes to be a farmer in today's changing world.
Interests and Attitudes:
Students should be interested in careers in diversified agriculture, local food production, sustainable farm practices, renewable energy production, alternative vehicle fuels, welding and fabrication, innovative welding, and waste management. They should have a desire to study the science and skills associated with mechanics, welding and fabrication, and electrical systems; and a commitment to participate in an OSHA 10-hour job safety training program.