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New AG School Teaches Secrets of Farming 2018-04-2677602

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Doug Fabbioli is concerned about the future of the rural economy, as cities’ areas expand into farm fields. Fabbioli owns a winery in Loudoun County, Virginia. He decided to support the agricultural economy in his own way. He established The New AG School. The free school hopes to raise the next generation of farmers.
由于城市的扩建逐渐延伸到了农场田地,道格·法比奥里对农村经济的未来表示担忧。法比奥里在弗吉尼亚州劳登县拥有一家酿酒厂。他决定用他的方式来支持农业经济。他建立了一所新农业学校,且不收取任何费用,希望培养出下一代农民。
Farming is hard work, but Fabbioli says young people would love it if they knew its joys. But, he says, to succeed in farming, they will need specialized skills.
农业是一项艰苦的工作,但法比奥里说,如果年轻人悟出了其中的乐趣所在,他们会喜欢上耕作。但是,他补充到,为了在农业上取得成功,他们需要专业技能。
That is what Fabbioli hopes to teach at his new school. The goal is to fill the immediate need for farm workers, but also to create future leaders who can teach others in years to come.
专业的技能——这就是法比奥利希望在他的新学校所要教授的东西。我们的目标不仅仅是满足农场工人的迫切需求,也是为了培养出未来几年可以将技能传授给别人的领导者。
The New AG School has many different students.
新型农业学校里的学生来自于社会的各个阶层。
“We have some younger folks that are either right out of high school or even in high school,” Fabbioli says. He also has some students who have completed college but cannot find jobs, as well as older people who want to try farming.
法比奥里说:“我们有一些学生可能是高中毕业或甚至正在上高中。”还有一些大学毕业但找不到工作的大学生,以及想尝试农业的老年人。
Olga Goadalupe Alfoseca says the program is helping her find the right career. “I learned a lot…my dream is maybe I can plant my own plants and start my... business.”
奥尔加表示该计划正在帮助她找合适的职业。“我学到了很多东西......我的梦想是,我可以种植植物并开始创业。”
Liam Marshall-Brown who left college, finds farm work interesting. “It’s fun,” he says. “I mostly did restaurants before…you feel trapped after a while, doing the same thing over and over and over again. It’s just nice to be outside. Pretty much you’re doing something new every day.”
大学退学的利亚姆·马歇尔·布朗发现农场工作很有趣。“这很有意思,”他说。“我之前一直都在餐馆打工.....干一段时间后我感到困惑,一遍又一遍地做同样的事情。在户外工作很愉快。你每天都在接触新鲜的事情。”
But not all work is outdoors. Students study five different subjects, everything from cleaning, horticulture, hospitality, to leadership and business.
但并非所有的工作都在户外完成。学生有五门不同的科目要学——清洁,园艺,招待,领导能力和商业。
And the training is not complete until they learn about the machines they use every day; how they work and how to fix them.
直到他们了解每天要用到的机器,如何使用以及如何修理机器,培训才算完成。
As you might expect from a winery owner, wine production is also part of the educational program.
正如你可能从酿酒业主那里期望的那样,葡萄酒生产也是教育计划的一部分。
Winemaker Meaghan Tardif is a mentor at the school... she teaches students winemaking – and leadership skills.
酿酒师米根·塔蒂夫是学校的指导师,教授学生酿酒方法和领导技巧。
“My favorite part about being a mentor is I always give the student a chance to teach someone else,” Tardif explains. “Leadership is everywhere. It’s not just in the work. It’s not just your employees, but it helps you throughout your life.”
“作为一名指导师,我最喜欢的就经常给学生一个教别人的机会,”塔蒂夫解释说。“无论干什么都得需要领导能力。不仅仅局限在工作中。你的领导能力不仅仅会帮助你的员工,而且在你整个人生中,它都会助你一臂之力。”
The experience has caused Marshall-Brown to find a future in agriculture.
这一经历使马歇尔·布朗在农业领域看到了自己的未来。
“I would like to be that, but I still have a lot to learn to be able to do that. Hopefully I’ll get there, and I’ll run my own farm one day and have people work under me.”
“我想成一名农业工作者,但我仍然有很多东西要学。希望我能成功,有一天我会经营我自己的农场,有自己的员工。”
That pleases Fabbioli, who says it is good for the community to have more farmers.
法比奥里听了很高兴,说,农民越来越多是件好事。
He notes Loudoun Country’s position as one of the richest areas in the nation. He says the goal of those living in the community is to save the land in western Loudoun County as green space.
他指出劳登县是国内最富有的地区之一。他说,居住在社区的人们的目标是将劳登县西部的土地作为绿地使用。
In his words, “We can do that by farming, but we need more farmers very much. So, giving people the opportunity to learn, put more people to work. It may also keep the cars off the highways because they’re living locally and they’re working locally.”
用他的话说,“我们可以通过农业做到这一点,但我们需要更多的农民。所以,让人们有机会学习,让更多的人有工作。农业也可以使高速公路上空无一车,因为人们可以在当地生活,在当地工作。”
That is what the New AG School hopes to do -- grow the next “crop” of skilled farmers.
这就是新农业学校要做的事——培养下一批有专门技术的农民的“农作物”。
I’m Susan Shand
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