Ag. Literacy Newsletter
In This Issue
- Eat Like a Pig
- Sheep to Sweater
- National Ag Week: March 24 - 28
- An Agricultural Book You Will Love
- VOLUNTEERS MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE!!!
- Calling All Milk Drinkers!!
- Meet the Staff
- Logan County Ag Literacy
- EDUCATING ABOUT THE AGRICULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
- AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP
- Agricultural Education Partnership
Eat Like a Pig
A student from Auburn's 1st Grade class samples her pig "feed sack" after her lesson on pigs.
STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT PIG FEED RATIONS
Students throughout the three county area were introduced to pigs, what they eat and how they eat it, for January's ag in the classroom presentations. Ag literacy instructors used corn pops and roasted soybeans to represent the largest portion of the pig's diet and then talked about the need for fats as well as extra vitamins and minerals (which students represented in their feed sack as sunflower seeds and mini M&M's). Ag literacy instructors also spoke about housing pigs in confinement operations and taught about pig feeders, watering systems, and heating/cooling systems.
Sheep to Sweater
Students from Dubois Elementary in Springfield show off their sheep labeling project.
STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT RAISING SHEEP FOR WOOL
What time of year do farmers shear sheep? Do you know what it means to card and spin wool? Why are most sheep white? Do you know anyone who knits or weaves? These questions and many more were answered for kids through out Sangamon County in February and will be the topic of discussion in Menard and Logan County in March. Using many great books about sheep and wool production we are teaching students basic facts about sheep and the process it takes to turn their wool into products like yarn and clothing. Students then get a real piece of wool and use it to make a sheep that they then label and write facts about.
National Ag Week: March 24 - 28
"AGRICULTURE: 365 SUNRISES AND 7 BILLION MOUTHS TO FEED"
This is the theme for 2014's National Ag Week. The picture being used (below) to promote this year's celebration is the original artwork of Brittany Plachecki of the Kansas City Art Institute.
An Agricultural Book You Will Love
Patrick O'Shanahan is an ordinary boy who has always known exactly where his food comes from: the grocery store. Always, that is, until a cow, a menagerie of chickens and some very peculiar trees show up in his kitchen one Saturday morning, making him question everything he's always known about the ingredients that go into Dad's "World Famous French Toast."
In The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen , author Diana Prichard presents a fun story aimed at engaging children and their families in fair, balanced farm-to-fork dialogue. Prichard draws on three decades in a rural farming community, a dozen years as a mother, and almost ten years as a farmer to craft the next classic in children's literature.
"Watching people who have little to no practical knowledge of agriculture dominate our national discourse on food and farming is extremely frustrating. I wanted to contribute a positive and informed message for parents and kids," Prichard says. "When I sat down to begin writing I had no idea what story would be the vehicle for this discussion, but Patrick sort of leapt onto the page and took control."
"When kids visit us on farm tours, they often appear awestruck and bewildered when they learn how food is produced. For some, it's as though an entirely new world has opened up before their eyes," adds Prichard. "It's clear we need to have more conversations with children, our future decision makers, for them to understand the importance of supporting agriculture as much as adults."
Diana Prichard is a farmer and author who writes at the intersection of farm, fork, and family life. Prichard blogs at RighteousBacon and can be found on Twitter at @diana_prichard. Her work has been featured in/on CNN, NBC's iVillage, Huffington Post, and BlogHer Food. Prichard has presented to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and MidWest Poultry Federation.
VOLUNTEERS MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE!!!
Two amazing young women are giving their time and energy this year to the Agricultural Education Partnership. Anna Washko and Shelby Stouffe contacted us at the beginning of the school year and have been working since January to help the partnership with its goal of educating as many students as possible about agriculture. Anna has been visiting Sherman Elementary and presenting programs to the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. Shelby has been doing the equally important job of coming into the office and prepping the endless amount of materials we need so that we can present to thousands of kids throughout the three county area. If you or anyone you know, young or old, who would like to volunteer in the classroom or working to make sure we can do fun and education projects please contact Carrie Winkelmann, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Logan County Ag Literacy
Logan County Ag Literacy Instructor Amy Hyde directs students during a December program on how to properly bounce a cranberry. The cranberry bounce test is an industry standard for cranberries and students learned this and much more in her fun and educational lesson. In January Amy taught about pigs. In February she taught about wheat by giving each student a stalk of wheat and having them dissect it and count the seeds.
EDUCATING ABOUT THE AGRICULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
February marked the celebration of Black History Month and what better way to connect to children than through the great work of George Washington Carver. Karen traveled through-out Sangamon County in February sharing lessons on George Washington Carver and his life-long commitment to agriculture and the advancement of education for farmers. She spoke mainly about his life and work with peanuts, but also spoke about his promotion of soybeans and sweet potatoes. She made homemade peanut butter using peanuts and a food processor(which is amazing and tasty if you haven't ever tried it). Karen has been presenting programs at the following schools and will continue with them monthly until the end of the school year: New Berlin, Harvard Park, Auburn, Lee, South-ern View, Hazel Dell, Enos, Calvary, Graham, Feitchens, Ridgley, Ball, Our Savior's Lutheran, and Laketown.
"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these." George Washington Carver
AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP
The Agricultural Education Partnership represents the educational programs of:
University of Illinois Extension Logan, Menard, Sangamon Unit
Logan, Menard, and Sangamon County Farm Bureaus
Logan, Menard, and Sangamon Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Various commodity groups throughout the state.
And with the help and support of many businesses and individuals in the area (see donor insert)!!
It was formed in 2000 to organize agriculture education efforts within Sangamon & Menard counties and added Logan County in 2013 with a goal to provide educators, students, and the public with a unified agricultural message.