How it Works
With guidance from teachers, students in Industrial Technology and Agriculture classes are developing a product called “Chicken Tractors,” which give community members the option to lease portable chicken coops and accompanying chickens to supply them with their own fresh eggs. The Chicken Tractor Project has been a multi-step process, requiring planning, teamwork, knowledge and skill of building processes, business decisions, and implementation.
Through this project, students are gaining practical experience implementing principles of entrepreneurship by estimating needs and costs for materials, marketing the product, and securing customers. In addition, students are building the product and will be buying and caring for egg-laying chickens for the tractors. The chicken tractors will be leased out for 6 months, from April through September.
In addition to “Chicken Tractors,” Pekin students have also designed and built a greenhouse on school grounds. The Agriculture Education Department has been working on a local food project for the past 2-3 years. They currently have in place a school greenhouse, a 25’ x 100’ rolling high tunnel, a land lab, and 2 hydroponic systems that produce 250 plants per harvest. Students are currently growing their first crop of lettuce for the school lunch program. They recently added a 180 cell commercial NFT system, secured through a Monsanto Grow Rural America Grant.