Avenues Silicon Valley’s Founding Class Program students learned the merits of a hard day’s work by getting hands-on at Veggielution, a community farm in East San Jose consisting of six acres of farmland.
Veggielution connects people from different backgrounds to build community through food and farming. This was a unique opportunity for our students to learn about this student-founded, direct-to-table operation that delivers hundreds of fruit and vegetable boxes to local families in need.
At Avenues, experiential learning goes way beyond conventional class trips. Experiential learning is an integral part of our curriculum and learning process, empowering students to expand their understanding of their community and to make an impact. Our students leverage design thinking and problem solving skills to create solutions and build meaningful relationships—and they have a lot of fun along the way.
At Veggielution, students tended to the urban farmscape and packed dozens of boxes, which were then distributed to families. They developed an understanding of how systemic change can happen through leadership and community involvement, as well as how food systems function. As a new campus located in Silicon Valley, we are committed to building strong community partnerships, and introducing our students to acts of service is an integral part of the Founding Class experience. Through project-based learning, our students are discovering and developing their passions, engaging in community service and establishing the cultural foundations of our new campus.