Miss Piggy and Her Friends Went to School

Miss Piggy and Her Friends Went to School
Posted on 04/07/2022
Charles D. Owen High School (OHS) has a few unlikely visitors roaming the campus. Agriculture teacher Jacob Nester maintains a variety of animals at the school's farm; this allows students the opportunity to work with the animals each week and learn more about farming.By: Breanna Hensley
BCS Communications Dept.

Charles D. Owen High School (OHS) has a few unlikely visitors roaming the campus. Agriculture teacher Jacob Nester maintains a variety of animals at the school's farm; this allows students the opportunity to work with the animals each week and learn more about farming.

“Kids love to take this class, and have a chance to be with the animals,” said Mr. Nester. “This class gives students the opportunity to really be a kid. They also learn what it is like to work on a farm with plants and animals.”
Mr. Nester’s lessons stick with students long after graduation.

“I try to give the students the knowledge they need in order be more self-sustaining,” explained Mr. Nester. “I want to make sure that when my students are finished at OHS, they will be good citizens in our community.”

Students say that Mr. Nester’s Ag class is one of their favorites at the school. It has inspired them to try new things as they get older.

“I love the hands-on experience I get from being down here on the farm,” said senior Sidney Stone. “I find that this is a better way to learn, especially since I do not live on a farm. Since I have taken this class, I would love to have my own farm one day.”

There’s always work to be done on a farm, and Mr. Nester makes sure the students do their part to ensure the animals and plants are cared for. Some of the job duties include cleaning pens, feeding the different animals, cleaning the duck pond, and bathing the animals.

“Mr. Nester is always so welcoming to everyone in the class,” said sophomore Gillian Molina-Smith. “Ag is more than just a class, it's a way of life. It's also interactive learning. This is my first year taking the class, but I plan on signing up for more Ag classes in the future. It helps me to take what I learn here, and apply it to my family's farm.”

This year OHS welcomed some new members to the farm, and hopes to add more. In addition to the goats and ducks, students have the opportunity to interact with a pig which acts more like a dog. Two other additions include Nigerian dwarf goats that are in love with the students who visits them.