Wayne C. Gray

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School



This research problem is a study of the development of a plan for the establishment and management of a farm for Sturgis High School. It reviews the function of farms operated by schools from the surrounding states. The writer wishes to find the best way to operate and manage a school farm, and determine if the educational value of operating a farm in connection with the Vocational Agriculture Department is beneficial. School farms are operated in many high schools throughout the United States. The school farm functions as a laboratory for farm boys to practice the knowledge grained in the classroom and to enrich their education while in high school. Learning experiences are provided by the school farm for some students that might otherwise be deprived of the opportunity of actual farm experience. For many others it will increase their knowledge of the farming business. In addition to the educational value, many school farms provide a revenue for the FFA to sponsor its many projects and activities. The FFA sponsors and participates in many judging contests related to agriculture, educational field trips, and summer recreational tours. Sturgis, the county seat of Meade County, is located in South Dakota near the northeastern edge of the Black Hills. The farm income in this locality is derived predominantly from beef cattle production. Hay is the most important crop, while wheat and barley with some corn are also used in rotation systems.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Agriculture -- Study and teaching
Sturgis (S.D.) -- Schools


Includes bibliographical references



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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