Our Student-Managed Farm (SMF) concept started with crop technology in 1990.
The original SMF unit has grown and changed. At the beginning there were only a half dozen students. Now the crops unit is divided into seven different teams.
New Holland joined forces with our SMF in 2011. Now we’re powered by New Holland
. That power means working with the latest equipment and technology as Lakeland students manage 1,000 acres of crop land
About the 7 teams:
- all members are 2nd year crop tech students
- meet weekly to discuss strategies and what’s happening on the farm.
- represent different aspect of the farm including marketing, production, communications and finance
- work together to plan what to grown each year, what fertilizers and pesticides to use, and where and when crops will be sold
- consider crop rotations and diversification
- always keep in mind three pillars of sustainable agriculture: being economically smart, and environmentally responsible and socially responsible
One of their favourite times of the year is when harvest is complete -- it's a celebration.
As well, the team provides mid-term and end of the year reports on their activities throughout the year.
Looking ahead, the crop SMF unit will add 320 acres to its cropland in spring 2021.
Photo: Three of the crops team leaders pose in front of a New Holland combine. Left to right are Sydney Walls, public relations manager; Gavin Kanngiesser, general manager; and, Jessenta Woloshyn, assistant general manager.