It’s likely few high schoolers imagine arriving to school and feeding goats and chickens instead of rushing to their desks before the morning bell. But it could soon be a reality for some of the region’s teens with the planned opening of the LOCAL STEW U school this fall. “It doesn’t take rocket science to see that some kids just aren’t designed to sit at a desk and learn in segmented pieces,” says Resi Connell, LOCAL STEW U founder. “So, I started developing more project-based learning so kids can learn in context.”

Connell, who is considering a Petersburg property for the school hopes the program will inspire a number of students to work in agriculture, whether in food science or on a farm. There are 22 students currently enrolled.