“With curriculum standards that teachers have to go by, it is hard for teachers to come up with activities to use in the classroom. We wanted to provide them with a list of resources and activities they can use in the classroom,” said Knox County Farm Bureau volunteer Ashton Walls.
Day one of the workshop put teachers in the students’ shoes with a series of lessons, presentations and demonstrations by educators from a number of farm and commodity groups.
The second day of the program included tours of farms producing eggs, milk, meat, grain and fruit. “Teachers got to see hands-on how farmers interact with their crops and livestock on a daily basis running the farm,” Walls said. “Also, teachers will be able to share their experience on the farm with their students.”
About 20 teachers participated in the workshop this year. Walls said there are plans to grow participation in the workshop each year. Teachers who participated received either continuing education or a graduate credit through Ashland University.
The workshop and field study was presented by Knox County Farm Bureau with the help of additional sponsors including Licking County Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Mid-America, Coshocton County Farm Bureau, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association, Muskingum County Farm Bureau, Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Bio- Products Innovation Center and Ohio Dairy Producers Association.
Photo by Callie Wells