2018 MC Ag-Ed Program Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale Project

15 YEARS and GROWING!  Thank you!

Our horticulture student planting crew starting our 3,500 heirloom tomato seeds.

Our 2018 Manheim Central High School agriculture student heirloom tomato plant project is underway.


Landis Valley Herb and Garden Faire Fri May 11th & Sat May 12th  9am – 5 pm   http://www.landisvalleymuseum.org/index.php/visit/calendar-events/may-11-12/

Click Here For Our 2018 Variety Master List:  2018 Variety-List updated April 20

Open our Power Point for Variety Descriptions and Pictures:2018 Tomato Varieties.ppt April update

ABC Shopping List:  2018-ABC-Variety-List.docx

A special thanks to our many valued customers who have supported our high school horticulture project-many have been with us since our agriculture students first year of selling plants at Landis Valley Museum Herb Fair in 2003



2018 PA Farm Show

2017 PA Ag Sales Team recognized by PA FFA Foundation with Secretary of Ag Redding and PA FFA Foundation rep Gary Swan. Our FFA members: Heidi Strausbaugh, Danielle Fittery and Alec Hess. Marie Bryant, 4th team member, attending college.

2018 Manheim FFA Keystone FFA degree winners with Secretary of Agriculture Redding and Secretary of Education Rivera. Our FFA members: Back row L to R: Heidi Strausbaugh, Emily Witmer and Danielle Fittery. Front Row: Megan Swope, Holly Musser, and Alec Hess.

PA FFA Alumni 250+ FFA jacket award recipients. AMAZING support of our first year PA FFA members!

Our Manheim FFA jacket recipients along arena wall.

MCHS Course Selection for 2018-2019 School Year

Our MC Agriculture courses are offered to meet the needs of students in the following agriculture career preparation tracts:

  • Agriculture School to Work Technical Preparation: Students who will pursue a career in an agricultural trade after graduating from high school.
  • Agriculture College to Career Preparation: Students who will pursue collegiate agriculture education after graduating from high school.
    The incoming freshmen class of 2022 students have
    two credits of electives open in their schedule. 
    Our Ag-Ed program offers two first year (open to any grade level) Ag- Ed  elective options .    Our full semester one credit Ag-Ed electives are:  
  • Introduction  to Ag Mechanics
  • Introduction to Ag Science-CASE AFNR course

     Each of these course are prerequisites for the following years term length 45 day 1/2 credit Ag-Ed elective courses in either of those respective pathways.  

    All graduates of Manheim Central are required to successfully complete the Environment, Ecology and Engineering (EEE) course which is team taught with our Technical Education staff .

    Our Manheim Central High School Curriculum Guide contains our board approved graduation requirements and is available via our district website. 
  • Manheim Christian Day eighth grade students will visit the high school this spring to register for their ninth grade courses.


Manheim Central students have two crossover junior and senior year Ag and Science electives that they can earn graduation required science credit in.


MC Ag-Ed CTE Program Out of District Admission:
The Manheim Central Agriculture Education Program is a PA Department of Education Approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. Per the language in Public School Code: Any resident of any school district which does not maintain an approved vocational program offering of the type of Ag-Ed training which he desires, may make application to the board of school directors of any other district for admission to such school or department maintained by said board.
This state education ruling means Manheim Central School District can accept students from Hempfield, Manheim Township, Warwick, Donegal School Districts and School District of Lancaster City so that they may purse agriculture career preparation . Applicant should make an appointment with Mrs. Anderson, Ag-Ed Instructional Facilitator to review admission expectations and process.
 Contact them at:  andersonh@manheimcentral.org





2017 FFA Career Development Event SUCCESS

Our Mission at Manheim Central School District is: 

 To prepare responsible citizens who are lifelong learners.   

Our Manheim FFA members shined in exhibiting their career skill expertise at CDE competitions at the 2017 PSU PA FFA  Convention.  

First Place Team Members:  Heidi Strausbaugh, Marie Bryant, Danielle Fittery and Alec Hess with Ed Norman with Brookside Sales our state Ag Sales sponsor.  Brookside provided $1,000 for the team trip to the National FFA convention.




                                                                Our First Place Ag Sales Team went on to compete at the 2017 National FFA Convention competition.  The Team placed SILVER at the National FFA Convention with Heidi Strausbaugh placing in the top 20 with an individual Gold medal.

Ag Sales team jackets sponsored by John Hess Auction Group


A SPECIAL THANKS to Beth and Jay Gainer, the Cassel family and the Manheim Auto Auction for purchasing the wagon to raise over $4,000 to help cover their travel expenses.

CONGRATULATIONS to Brooke Balmer for being awarded the American FFA Degree at the 2017 National FFA Convention







MC Ag Student Career Exploration & Service Learning OPPORTUNITIES

Our Applied Dairy Science students visit Lancaster DHIA labs

A morning at Kreider Dairy Farms with our tour guide Mr. Miller

EEE students try their hands at the soil texture test

Clay soil from Brickerville



That Fish Place welcomed our students to learn about careers in the pet industry

Chiques Creek fish display for Manheim Farm Show in cooperation with Chiques Creek Watershed Association and Lancaster County Conservation District

California Mastitis Test lab day

Having fun at Kreider Farms

Animal Therapy Careers: Animal Science student tried horseback riding at Camp Hebron

Deer Country trains our students in hay baler sales techniques

Manheim Food Bank FFA and Young Farmer members volunteer to run a food drive

FFA alumni from Messick’s and Deer Country train our Ag Sales team

Manheim brough waste water facility

Career Exploration:  Manheim Borough waste water facility tour .

Service Learning: Lancaster County Conservation District and Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance

Service Learning: Lancaster County Conservation District and Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance

Manheim FFA Children’s Farm Show Ag Literacy Exhibit at the Manheim Farm Show.

Students learn about SUNY Cobleskill. http://www.cobleskill.edu/home2.asp

Career Exploration: Students learn about SUNY Cobleskill.

Mr. Kirby tells our AP ES students about N-P-K

Career Exploration:  Mr. Kirby , Kirby Agri, shows our AP ES students how N-P-K is used to grow our food.


Career Exploration:  Mr. Obetz , Worley and Obetz, explains the benefits of renewable fuels

A lesson in IPM from Sue at Hendrick’s Greenhouse and Florist in Lititz

MC Offers National CASE Curriculum: AFNR, NRE and APB

Agriculture Education students at Manheim Central are learning about agriculture in an inquiry science and STEM way in their new CASE curriculum ag classes.  

CASE:  Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education,  classes provide a high level of educational experiences to students to enhance the rigor and relevance of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) , Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) and Natural Resources Ecology (NRE) subject matter. Besides elevating the rigor of AFNR knowledge and skills, CASE provides purposeful enhancement of science, mathematics, and English language understanding.  http://www.case4learning.org/

Mrs. Anderson and Mrs.Seibert attended Ag Food and Natural Resources (AFNR), Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) and Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE) CASE Institute training to gain new inquiry based science teaching methods and AgriScience content.

The CASE NRE curriculum is our required 9th grade Environment, Ecology course.

Students learn agriscience concepts by learning then applying their new academic knowledge to career possibilities.