The center is a modern research facility, where students are involved with the installation, maintenance and testing of various growing systems. They have the opportunity to experiment with various growing materials, for example.
The facility provides more opportunities for all students – whether they are bound for college, technical school or the workplace, much like the LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center that opened at the school in 2011. The Food Science & Agriculture Center benefits nearly three-quarters of the PHS student body, as it supports curriculum in seven areas: food science, culinary arts, agriculture, science, engineering, health, and business. Agriculture students are able to collaborate with food science students to develop new products and healthy recipes using food grown in the center, which in turn are used by the PHS chef and kitchen in school meals.
While the primary purpose of the center is the education of PHS students, students throughout the district visit to experience agriscience first-hand, and the facility also is used for continuing education classes offered through Community Education & Recreation outside of the school day.
The center also allows for business partnerships with top local employers in food-related industries. These partnerships lead to a better prepared workforce and give students a better understanding of the diverse career pathways within the field.