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BUSD approves purchase of agricultural crop planning software

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

A Santa Clara County company called Tend has an agricultural crop planning software program, and the Bonsall Unified School District will be utilizing that program for its on-site agricultural activities.

The BUSD board voted 5-0 Wednesday, Oct. 18, to approve the purchase of the Tend program. The school district will pay $399 annually.

“The purpose here is obviously educational,” BUSD superintendent Joseph Clevenger said. “It’s going to provide hands-on learning.”

An on-campus facility provides agricultural experience for students. The garden has more than just educational benefits.

“Ultimately we want our students using our farm to plant food that they will then be harvesting and eating in our cafeteria,” Clevenger said.

Tend is headquartered in Campbell. The crop planning software helps users build crop plans, keep records, manage tasks, take notes, generate reports and view analytics. It will be utilized to manage the farm's planting schedule, assist in selecting the correct varieties of plants grown in the area, and introduce a timeline for managing plant production from seed to harvest.

“It’s just an incredible opportunity within our age program,” Clevenger said.

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