The Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) Trustees heard from staff on an ongoing project for the Farm to Future Center planned for 18+ acres behind McCaffrey Middle School at last week’s board meeting. The site will be home to integrated learning and intergenerational projects for all ages in the community.
Dr. Karen Shauer, superintendent, said the focus will be on an area to grow gardens, crops and orchards, but that’s only the beginning. An Agri-Innovation Center is also in the plans, along with a therapeutic and horse mastership arena, a multi-purpose athletic field and a community plaza.
The district’s next steps will be developing strategies for raising funds through grants, service clubs and private donations. The center’s theme is Farm-Fork-Family-Fitness-Futures.
The long legacy of Galt agriculture will be a centerpiece at the facility offering agri-science career pathways and innovative science education. The track and field will be home to student sports and Special Olympics opportunities. It will also elevate education and opportunities for FFA and 4-H members, city youth sports leagues and professional associations of horse therapies.
The community plaza will offer a venue for varied events, including concerts, school presentations and community events, and expand innovative learning for over 3,800 Galt students.
Board member John Gordon and Schauer will present the Farm to Futures project as part of a state conference presentation for attendees at the California School Boards Association in December.
“Mandy Gardner, Liberty High School FFA teacher, has been instrumental in developing the orchard area and designed a special logo that captures the overall wellness theme of the Farm to Futures Center,” Schauer said. “Ron Rammer (McCaffrey principal) shared that Lois Yount, director of business services, and an architect met with him and a physical education teacher to begin efforts to improve the existing track for expanded school and community use.”