The Ashtabula County Virtual Ag Day was held Friday, May 14, 2021. This annual program reaches every first-grade classroom in Ashtabula County. This year, second graders were included since Ag Day didn’t happen in 2020 due to COVID-19. We reached 106 classrooms and 1,900 students!
Virtual Ag Day included 23 videos and 26 hands-on activities. The videos can be viewed here.
Every classroom received a Classroom Kit filled with hands-on activities that covered the stations in three areas:
- Barnyard (Dairy, Equine, Beef, Fish, Alpacas, Sheep, Pigs, Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks and Goats).
- Hands-on Exploration (Butter, Bees, Christmas Trees, Maple Syrup, Tractors, MyPlate, Master Gardeners).
- Food & Environment (Potatoes, Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ag By-Products, Meats, Soil and Water and Local Foods).
The first-grade teachers were provided 2021 and 2020 AFBF Books of the Year, Chucks Ice Cream Wish and Full of Beans, as well as educator’s guides for each book. Additionally, the second-grade classrooms received Full of Beans so the students who would have been in first grade last year could still experience the book. Each student received a “goodie bag” with many items and information relating to agriculture, food, and more!
The teachers were very impressed and students were very excited about Virtual Ag Day, but we do hope to be face-to-face again next year!!