Happy Harvest! It’s hard to believe we are already into November and as usual, this school year is flying by as well. I have had the pleasure of visiting our Randolph County schools and teaching about Apples and Pumpkins thus far, with Corn soon to come! In addition to our normal classroom visits, I have had many extras on my plate as well. I was honored to host our District 5 Coordinators meeting and we definitely showcased some of Randolph County’s amazing businesses. We met at the Pour Vineyard and toured the facility followed by our normal coordinator gathering. After a lunch Catered by Mi-Casa in Red Bud, we headed to Roeslein to learn about the machines they develop to make aluminum cans and how they touch on the Ag industry. This day was filled with exciting info and many praises! I also put together a Farm Tour for 3rd grade at Red Bud Elementary and 1st grade from Prairie Du Rocher. We visited the Reinhardt Dairy Farm and Pumpkin Blossom Hill. Students were able to see first- hand how robotics have changed the milking industry and got up close and personal to those baby cows… They LOVED this part the best! After lunch and a few AITC activities, we headed to the Pumpkin Patch to see how they plant, harvest and what it takes to sell all of those pumpkins! Students walked away with a pumpkin of their own and many memories! I hope to continue this tradition and host a “Fall Farm Fest” each year! Thank you for your continued support through membership dues and donations. YOU, our members, help to ensure Agricultural education reaches our youth in Randolph County!
Look at those kernels pop!!
IL leads the Nation in pumpkin production.
Be sure to visit the St. Louis Science Center and check out the "GROW" interactive exhibit and activities. This exhibit covers one acre of learning, "Where does our food come from? How does it grow, how far does it travel, and how can each one of us make a difference so we can all eat?"
Randolph County is a proud sponsor of this addition to the St. Louis Science Center!!
For great resources check out agintheclassroom.org.
You will find lots of agriculture information and lesson ideas.