My first experience with Ag in the Classroom was in college when I was an intern in the Agriculture Education department at ISU on summer. While assisting the head of the department that summer I got to experience my first Summer Agriculture Institute.
I also got to help conduct an agriculture kids camp for city kids of Bloomington. My fondest memory of that camp was getting to teach the youth about showing pigs. We brought small 50-60 pound pigs from the University Farm to the Ropp Arena. During the week I worked with the kids to get them comfortable around the pigs and showed them how to move them around our ring. At the end of the week each child got help get the pigs ready for show by giving them a bath. We then had our own swine show for parents. We all had a great time.
That summer I learned that my passion was for agriculture and I yearned to teach others who didn't know all the facets of this great industry. I enjoy going into the classroom and teaching students about where their food comes from or why we have trees. I enjoy sharing with teachers how easy it is to incorporate some agriculture into their classroom without having to alter what they are teaching.
The Ag in the Classroom program has grown tremendously over the last few years. I am very proud of that and glad that several of you see it as something important to teach your students.
Measuring impact of a program is very important. With so many groups/organizations competing for funds it is important to show that we are making a difference. Ag in the Classroom does not have many evaluation tools (that is being worked on though). I would like to work on an information sheet that will show others how AITC has impacted Ford & Iroquois County students. I am not doing this because we need funds, but just to show others how this program can work.
I have shared with you my reasons for teaching Ag in the Classroom. I would like to hear some of your experiences of the program and the impact it has
had on your students. Why do you incorporate it in your classroom? What are some of the memorable moments using Ag in the Classroom.
If you would like to share some of your stories please e-mail them to me at email@example.com. I would like to share some in future issues of this newsletter and in a paper that will summarize our efforts. I look forward to hearing how this program has made a difference with your students past and present.
-National Nutrition Month
-National Ag Week (4-10)
-Pig Day (1)
-Dr. Suess Birthday (2)
-Johnny Appleseed Day (11)
-Potato Chip Day (14)
During the months of February and March I will be offering schools a program on Trees.In this presentation we will look at things like how trees grow, parts of trees, different kinds of trees and what we use them for.
If your class is interested in this program please contact Aimee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-268-4051. Programs can be scheduled for 30-60 minutes and include hands on activities.
The April/May program will be on Illinois Agriculture.
Do you have a Facebook account?If you do, take a moment to like the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom page.There you can find posts on available grants, upcoming trainings, contests, and more. While there take a moment to like the Ford-Iroquois Extension page too.Local announcements will be made there.
Who: All teachers/administrators
What: Ford-Iroquois Summer Ag Institute
When: June 11-14
Where: The Ford-Iroquois Extension office will be our main location but we will travel around the two counties for some agriculture tours including Ludwig Farmstead Creamery, Sleepy Creek Winery & Vineyard, The Rossville Farmer's Market and more!
Why: To learn and have fun!
Cost: Cost to attend is $100.Scholarships will be available.
Approximately 24 CPDUs will be available.Grad Credits (2) will also be available through Aurora University at an additional cost of $100 per credit hour.
I already have 6 registrations in my hands!!!!
**See the attached registration form for more information.
***Last year we carpooled to get to various locations. If any school has a bus that we can use/rent approximately 2 days please let Aimee know.We will pay mileage for the bus!
Thank you so much to the students and teachers who participated in this year's contest.We had a fantastic response to our coloring contest and poster contest for National Agriculture Week once again.There were 368 students who participated in the Coloring Contest. Each of these students will be receiving a certificate and a special prize.
Two schools submitted posters this year (28 students).The posters were voted on and the winning vote getter was Amanda R. a 4th grader at Crescent City Grade School.Congratulations!Each poster creator will receive a certificate and Amanda will receive a special prize.Thank you to the teachers and classrooms who participated.
Mrs. DeLahr – Milford East – Kindergarten
Mrs. Schroeder – Milford West – 1st grade
Mrs. Schoolman – Milford West – 3rd grade
Mr. Cheever – Milford West – 3rd grade
Mrs. M. Talbert – Gilman Elementary – 2nd grade
Mrs. Eggemeyer – Gilman Elementary – 2nd grade
Mrs. Denton – Gilman Elementary – 2nd grade
Mrs. Curl – Gilman Elementary – 1st grade
Miss Kurtenbach –Gilman Elementary – 1st grade
Mrs. Hamilton – Gilman Elementary – 1st grade
Mrs. Basham – Gilman Elementary – 1st grade
Mrs. Swan – Gilman Elementary – 3rd grade
Mrs. D. Talbert – Gilman Elementary – 3rd grade
3A– Gilman Elemenary – 3rd grade
Mr. Loy – Donovan Elementary – 2nd grade
Mrs. Both – Donovan Elementary – 3rd grade
Mrs. Hohulin – GCMS Elementary – 3rd grade
Mrs. Schroeder – Wanda Kendall – 2nd grade
Mrs. Kemnetz – Crescent City G.S. – K-8th grades
Mrs. Waugh – Eastlawn – 3rd grade
Huse Family – St. Paul's Woodworth
**Teachers you will be contacted when the certificates are finished.
In honor of National Agriculture Week here are some fun facts.
·Americans today consume 17.3 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year! The average American eats about 68 quarts!
·Apples are a member of the rose family.
·There are about 7,000 cherries on an average tart cherry tree (the number varies depending on the age of the tree, weather and growing conditions).
·Almost all lettuce is packed right in the field.
·It takes 24-26 hours for a hen to produce an egg; there is 30 minutes between each egg producing cycle.
·There are over 500 different types of bananas.
·Noodles got their start in China, not Italy as many people might think.
·In the winter, apple trees need to "rest" for about 900-1000 hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit in order to flower and fruit properly.
·California grows about 70% of all the asparagus grown in the United States.
·Pumpkins were once recommended for removing reckless and curing snake bites.
·We are eating 900% more broccoli than we did 20 years ago.
For more fun agriculture facts visit the Ag Day Website at www.agday.org.