Entrepreneurship + Agriculture Program
About the program:
The Entrepreneurship + Agriculture Program immerses students in real-world challenges facing local food systems. Through hands-on projects, they explore agricultural science, food supply chains, and innovations in sustainability. Students put their creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills into action as they research issues in agriculture, design solutions, and develop venture concepts that address community needs. They learn about ecosystems, business models, and careers from farm-to-table.
The program culminates in students pitching prototype concepts and solutions to panels of experts, applying the entire entrepreneurial process from ideation to market analysis.
Recommended for: Outside School Time – OST (afterschool, camps, summer, 21st Century Community Learning Centers – CCLC), camps, STEM classes, any enrichment and supplementary programs, or as stand-alone enrichment.
Our training equips educators to facilitate meaningful agricultural learning experiences through an entrepreneurial lens.
The 3-hour virtual training introduces key mindsets like empathy, persistence and creativity that enable educators to be dynamic problem solvers in and out of the classroom.
Learn to leverage design challenges, business model simulations and user-focused projects to deepen students’ understanding of complex food systems.
Ongoing support includes:
- Customizable training dates/times to fit your schedule
- Digital resources and sample projects
- Up to 4 personalized coaching sessions throughout implementation
Educators will gain strategies to invigorate STEM and CTE programs with entrepreneurship principles that boost critical analysis, solution design, and communication skills in their students.
Our Entrepreneurship + Agriculture curriculum provides educators with all the tools needed to facilitate immersive entrepreneurial projects tailored to their students’ grade level.
The Instructor Guide contains:
- Detailed activity plans and facilitation guides
- Tips for adapting activities to virtual or in-person learning
- Learning objectives and student outcomes for each lesson
- Ideas for connecting projects to your local community
Student-facing materials include:
- Playbooks for upper elementary and high school levels
- Interactive worksheets for each project phase
- Design templates to document ideas and get creative
- Journal prompts, discussions and self-reflections
- Vocabulary lists and key concepts
Lessons cover essential entrepreneurial skills like prototyping, customer research, and persuasive communication while exploring agricultural challenges relevant to your region. Students will gain hands-on experience innovating solutions that have an authentic impact.
Culminating Innovation Showcase
The program culminates in a pitch event where students present their agricultural solutions and venture concepts to panels of judges.
To help plan this capstone experience, our resources include:
- Pitch Event Guide with planning timelines and promotion templates
- Judge instructions, feedback forms and evaluation rubrics
- Certificates and awards to recognize students
- Press release template to engage media
- Tips for inviting industry experts, parents and community leaders to attend
The Innovation Showcase provides a forum for students to share their entrepreneurial thinking applied to real-world issues. They gain public speaking skills while raising awareness of innovations that address needs in regional food systems and agriculture.
Track meaningful student outcomes and improvements through our integrated program surveys.
- Entrepreneurial mindsets and capabilities
- Interest in STEM and agriculture careers
- Ability to apply critical thinking and problem solving
- Confidence communicating ideas and solutions
- Understanding of food production systems
Quantitative and qualitative data reports equip educators with insights to refine program delivery, demonstrate outcomes, and showcase impact.
Both student and instructor/facilitator perspectives are gathered to provide a holistic view of what knowledge and skills participants take away from the experience.