"We live on a dairy farm, but there's no cows anymore. We just hay and my grandpa does a lot of the sugaring," said Manley, 17.
He's one of 14 high school students at the Governor's Institutes of Vermont summer program Farms, Food and Your Future at Vermont Technical College. Manley is hoping to revitalize his family farm one day.
"It's given me a lot of perspective of all the little things that go into farming," he said. "It's all those little things that add up to the hard work of farming."
"We're here to get them excited about agriculture and dairy farming in general," said Chris Dutton, a professor of agriculture at VTC.
The one-week intense learning program focuses on food, agriculture and sustainability.
"Today we're going to track carbon entirely around the food system," Dutton said.
Students learn the science behind farming with a hands-on approach, learning soil science and the perfect feed mix for cows.