In January of 1962, Manteca Union High School District acquired the property by Quitclaim Deed of 65.724 acres. Starting in 1963, student use of the school farm began with 36 students who conducted their projects in this facility with a total number of 94 head of livestock. The first students to engage in the project produced 10 acres of oats for hay, oats for hay, raised sweet corn, and a variety of vegetables. Agriculture classes used the farm and students learned pruning and training techniques in both trees and grape vines.
In 1972, 11 students participated in projects that grew silage corn, grew fresh tomatoes, and grew sweet corn. Students were responsible for planning, cultivation, irrigation, and all other cultural practices involved in the production of crops thus gaining responsibility and experience. In 1993, a position was made available at no cost to a tenant in exchange for caretaker responsibilities at the school farm. 2010 was the year that Veggie Express was formed in partnership with Manteca Unified Student Trust and is now partnered with Nutrition Education. Also in 2010 was the start of the chicken (poultry) project. A new 21,288 square foot facility (beef and dairy barn, sheep barn) was also built that year.
In 2011, National school lunch program offered the farm produce to school lunches in the district. 2014 saw the hire of our Farm to school supervisor Cole Dutter where he manages the administration and operations of the District’s Farm to School program, including best practices for hands on approach to farming, program promotion, and interdistrict and community based collaboration. Provides a comprehensive approach to nutrition education and demonstrating to students where and how food grows. Also that year hired students to work on the farm to get hands on experience in the agriculture field. To meet the school district’s goal of providing an educational experience for students to explore opportunities and prepare for successful careers in the field of agriculture. Students maintain five acres of row crops year round which provides fresh produce to the school cafeteria, with Nutrition Services buying the fruits and vegetables in bulk.