How in the world can it be May already?!? This school year has flown by and I’d like to thank the students, teachers and Farm Bureau volunteers for making it a memorable one! This year brought many firsts… a farm tour for Red Bud Elementary and Prairie du Rocher students, a new manager and a new mascot for the program, a Flemish rabbit named “Dexter”. The students have enjoyed talking about livestock and discussing the roles these animals play on the farm. From planting soybeans, picking pumpkins, getting up close and personal to calves, tasting the many crops we grow and discussing the many hats farmers wear… we have had a great year! I hope everyone has a great summer break!
Not only do we strive to educate our youth, but the AITC program hosts Workshops for our local educators. June will bring an opportunity for teachers to visit Lieferbrau Brewery to see what it takes to run a business and how agriculture ties into all that they do. The teachers will then do hands on activities to incorporate Ag into their classrooms and we will finish the day with a tour of a local facility that impacts the Agricultural world greatly… Right in Red Bud.
I’d like to once again thank all that support this program and look forward to the 2019/20 school year!
Look at those kernels pop!!
Ag Expo at Chester Public
This year the Ag Expo traveled to Chester Public. Our 20+ volunteers come together every year to present this expo at a different school. Eight booths are set up and the students have the opportunity to visit each one for about 10 minutes. Basics about Soybeans, Planting & Harvesting, Pizza, Safety, FS-drone use, Dairy, Soil Conservation & Livestock are the topics. Our hopes are that this opportunity will plant some basic information on where our food and fiber begin.
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.