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National Latino Farmers & Ranchers donates 3 horses to The Chicago High School For Agricultural Sciences

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Washington D.C

08/30/2022

Further Information: Juan Avellaneda juan@nlfrta.org

PRESS RELEASE

WHEN? 10 am – Friday 2nd September, 2022
WHERE? Riding Arena- Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences                     3857 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60655

Hispanic Heritage Month and Labor Day weekend celebration

On Friday 2nd September, 2022 at 10am, the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers  (NLFR) will donate three quarter horses to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS).

The donation is part of a new partnership to form the next generation of leaders in agricultural sciences.

 “As we celebrate Labor Day, today’s ceremony is about creating a generation of farmers and ranchers of the future,” said Eugene Pickett, NLFR Deputy Director.

The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, located on the South side of Chicago, is part of Chicago Public Schools. It is one of the few interdisciplinary college-prep schools in the Midwest that offer hands-on learning in urban agriculture.

CHSAS is confident the gift will contribute to helping students achieve their full potential to better their future.

 “This generous donation will allow our students to extend their knowledge beyond the classroom and  gain first-hand, ongoing experiences directly related to the animal science industry specializing in equestrian science, thus, inspiring our students to pursue careers in these areas,” said William E Hook, the school’s Principal. 

The horses will also be included in a therapeutic riding program for diverse learners, adults with disabilities, veterans and first responders with PTSD. 

As a nationwide organization that seeks to uplift rural communities of color that have historically been discriminated against, the NLFR is proud to partner with CHSAS, considered a role model for others of its kind across the country.

 “This gift to the community is part of our goal of knocking down barriers to provide equitable access for communities of color to resources in agriculture. I can’t think of a more meaningful way to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month as well as Labor Day weekend,” said Rudy Arredondo, NLFR Executive Director.

National Latino Farmers and Ranchers (NLFR) provides policy advocacy, farm management and sustainability training, conservation best practices, and technical assistance that enables Latinos and multiethnic farmworkers, farmers, and ranchers who have been historically discriminated against to transition and thrive in indigenous, regenerative and sustainable farming and ranching operations, while strengthening and safeguarding our national food supply system.

The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences is a college preparatory high school that provides opportunities for diverse students from across the city to study agriculture with the goal of developing marketable skills as well as college level competencies.  We will produce technologically proficient graduates who will have the power to change the image of urban agriculture.
For more information check out this NLFR blog post here

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