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Ag Food Science

Program Description

Dive into one of Kern County’s defining business sectors with Ag Food Science, a “Farm to Fork” course focused on the study and practice of vegetable crop production, improved health and nutrition, and supplemental lessons on ag sales.

Through in-class studies and hands-on labs, students will learn about crop growth and maintenance, crop production standards and their link to human nutrition, ag sales (through participation in a student-run fresh produce market stand), food preparation and meal planning, and the basics of food safety protocols.

This is a two semester course. Successful students are also afforded the opportunity to participate in student leadership organizations / competitions and to participate in a second-semester internship.

Ag Food Science students learn:

  • The plant kingdom growth and development
  • Crop establishment, maintenance, and harvesting
  • The role of plants in human nutrition
  • Greenhouse and laboratory operations and equipment
  • Sourcing quality agricultural information
  • Integrated pest management, weeds, and diseases
  • Major world crops and crop history
  • Ag commodities marketing
  • Industry, employment, and safety guidelines

Professional Certification Opportunities

Certifications offered to students completing the Ag Food Science program include:

  • California Food Handlers Card
  • Serv-Safe Certificate
  • Participation opportunities with Future Farmers of America (F.F.A.) and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (F.C.C.L.A.).


Food Science students should have average or better skills in reading and writing. Students should also have a solid attendance record.

High School credit available

Students earn 15 units of elective credit each semester toward their high school graduation.

Career Pathways and Related Occupations

This is a career awareness class which instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment. Successful Ag Food Science students often pursue careers in the following:

  • Food or Beverage Processor
  • Food Service and Food Retailing
  • Agronomist
  • PCA (Pest Control Advisor)
  • Greenhouse Technician / Manager
  • Nutritionist and Dietitian
  • Food Technologist
  • Farm Technician
  • Field Scout
  • Product Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Food Server / Chef
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Crop Advisor
  • Irrigation Specialist
  • Plant Breeder
  • Entomologist
  • Ag Sales
  • Ag Chemical Rep