Luther Burbank Urban Agriculture Academy
Grades 9-12

School Program

Program Information

The Urban Agriculture Academy at Luther Burbank High School is an incubator space for South Sacramento youth to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and experience for postsecondary education and career opportunities in the broad, innovative, and impactful fields of Agriculture and Natural Resources Management. We take a real world approach to learning that inspires inquiry and balances academics in the classroom and hands on application in our campus farm – the Burbank Urban Garden (BUG). The BUG is a one acre student farm on the Luther Burbank High School campus complete with over 2,000 square feet of vegetable production beds, 800 square feet of flower production, pollinator and native plant beds, 45 fruit trees, a full production size greenhouse and lathe house, and tool and tractor barn. With a focus on sustainability and systems thinking, the academy’s program of study engages students in civic, project-based, and work-based learning. Students in the academy grow, harvest, and market what they produce in our campus garden and greenhouse.

Download the BUG Profile to learn more specifics about this program.

BUG Student Outcomes

  • FARMS Leadership Program
  • 7 Field trips to 7 different agriculture industry sites including UC Davis Animal Sciences, Sierra Orchards Walnut Farms, Mariani Nut Company, Superior Packing Co, Root 64 Farm, Oak Park Sol Community Garden, UC Davis Raptor Center and Student Farm.
  • Paid Summer Garden Internship:  Eight students were selected as paid interns to work in the garden 15 hours per week over the summer to keep the garden running with Mr. McPherson through our partnership with the City of Sacramento’s Thousand Strong Program. Five students remain as paid employees working 2-4 hours after school during the school year.
  • Students participated in the following events: Farm to Fork Festival at the in Sacramento; CA Agriculture Day at the California Farm Bureau

Application Requirements

Please fill out a Specialty Program Application to enroll into this program (available 11/18/19-12/19/19).