Westminster High’s agricultural program isn’t just educating students about horticulture, livestock and equipment. It’s also putting food on the tables of those who need it most.

This year, eight acres of farmland adjacent to the campus have been rebranded as The Giving Farm as part of a unique initiative that’s providing students with hands-on agricultural lessons while cultivating fresh produce for families in need.

The program represents a partnership between Westminster High, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, the Orange County Farm Bureau and the Orange County Food Bank, which boasts a network of approximately 400 local charities, soup kitchens and community organizations.

In addition to growing three types of squash — butternut, spaghetti and acorn — The Giving Farm produces some impressive watermelons, which were being harvested by students during a recent visit from OCDE’s Media Services team. Click above to watch their brief video.