To date, 223 Teach Ky Ag resource kits have been distributed to teachers and farm educators across the commonwealth, and at least 30 more teaching kits have been reserved. The goal of this program is to allow local businesses, organizations and individuals to support agricultural literacy in their communities by providing standards-aligned resources with a connection to food and fiber production.
"While I was hopeful this would be successful program, I never expected to have distributed this many kits over the two years we have been offering the resources," remarked Jennifer Elwell, executive director of the Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom (TeachKyAg). "As word has spread, our farm community has seen the value in providing real-world lessons and resources teachers can use in their classrooms."
The Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom (TeachKyAg) has an exciting internship program made possible by the Kentucky Livestock Coalition, the Kentucky Soybean Board, and the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. Up to 4 positions are available.
The goal of EngAGe Kentucky is to provide conversation-based presentations to secondary (middle and high school) students, post-secondary students, and community groups about agriculture/food production and technologies. Student interns will be required to complete a training workshop and will then be asked to visit classrooms and community groups throughout the 2019 spring and fall semesters. A summer position may also be available to assist with this program as well as other duties for TeachKyAg. These will be paid positions, and credit hours may be available.
By Jennifer Elwell, Executive Director
Last week was a busy for Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, mostly thanks to my friend Adam Hinton and the supporters of A Better Community Foundation.
For the fourth year in a row, we visited Fleming County for Agriculture Education and Advocacy Week, several days of events and programs for teachers and students. I am amazed at how many opportunities Adam and his team can provide the education community to foster an appreciation of our farming community. And it gets bigger every year.
The follow is a commentary from Warren Beeler, Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Ag Policy. GOAP is the administrator of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, which has granted funds to our programming for the past four years. We thank him for the mention!
After finishing a wonderful Kentucky State Fair, I must congratulate the Kentucky State Fair Board and David Beck for the positive changes made in highlighting agriculture.
I continue to receive emails and calls about how magnificent AgLand was in the south wing along with the Champion Drive that spotlighted so many young people with their livestock projects. Change can be hard with many detractors, but this year’s changes put the emphasis back on agriculture and kids.
Students Submitted Entries on 'Kentucky Agriculture: From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate'
LEXINGTON (June 25, 2018) — Kentucky students were honored for posters and essays that show how foods get “From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate” during the annual Poster and Essay Contest awards ceremony Friday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Each winner received a $100 check from Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom (KyAEC), a meal featuring foods from Kentucky Proud producers, and tickets to the Lexington Legends baseball game against the Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs.
Kentucky Farm Bureau is once again offering regional teacher workshops in June to show educators ways to incorporate agriculture into their curriculum. Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom is participating for a 4th year.
2018 DATES & LOCATIONS
The workshops will highlight a variety of state and national agricultural lessons designed to address Kentucky’s core competences. These thematic lessons and materials will enhance learning retention and help you teach Mathematics, Social Studies, English, and Science through real-life application.
A total of six hours of professional development and/or EILA credit may be earned depending on school district approval. Educators and pre-service teachers will be inspired by our featured presenters. This year’s workshops will highlight several agricultural lessons that are designed to broaden your students’ educational experiences and deepen their desire to learn. Whether you are a first-time attendee or a past participant, we have something for you. Each year we strive to share fresh ideas that will aid your efforts as you incorporate agriculture in your classroom.
The workshop registration fee has been waived for all Kentucky educators, compliments of Kentucky Farm Bureau. Please be aware that availability is limited; therefore, early registration is encouraged. Please register by the Friday, June 1st deadline.
Should you have any questions regarding these educational opportunities, please feel free to contact Scott Christmas at (502) 495-5000, extension 7221, or at Scott.Christmas@kyfb.com.
Caring for the environment is the most important job of our farmers and landowners. If we don’t use our natural resources wisely, we may not be able to grow food in the future.
This Earth Day (April 22), plan to use one of these lessons to show how we work to protect our planet!
The Farm as an Ecosystem
Kentucky Proud/KyAEC Lesson
Grades 3-8, HS Enrichment
Students will learn how a farm is an ecosystem, identify the parts of the farm ecosystem and how they interact and depend on one another, identify the producers and consumers in a farm ecosystem, model the food chain/food web within a farm ecosystem, learn how changes affect the farm ecosystem and availability of food, identify the natural resources in a farm ecosystem and ways to protect them, and understand the size of their personal ecosystem. Sponsor-A-Classroom teachers receive a hard copy of this lesson.
Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom launches a new mobile school program aligned to Kentucky Academic Standards in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Shepherdsville, KY – The Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom (KyAEC) has launched a new mobile elementary school program called Feeding Kentucky: A STEM Adventure. The program teaches students how Kentucky’s natural resources are used to produce, process, and transport our food supply through lessons in science, technology, engineering, math, practical living, and vocational studies.
“We have designed this school program to include more practical math and engineering activities along with our favorite life science, nutrition and consumerism concepts,” said Jennifer Elwell, KyAEC executive director. “Students will grind wheat into flour using different technologies, design a boat to transport crops, learn why pollinators are important, measure and chart apples, and explore human needs and wants among other lessons. We have found that students are so engaged in the activities it is difficult to get them to move to the next station.”
The Kentucky Agriculture & Environment in the Classroom encourages teachers to integrate agriculture-related concepts into every day lessons. We cannot live without it, so why not remind our students how farming touches our lives and will impact their future?
We also know that you are short on time and have a lot on your minds right now, so we have put together a list of 5-minute activities you can use to help us celebrate National Ag Day, Tuesday, March 20!
Any teacher who joins the fun will be entered in a drawing to win their school a day-long enrichment program called Feeding Kentucky: A STEM Adventure or $250 in classroom resources. Just tag a picture or a description of your #AgDay18 lesson with #teachkyag and/or #5forfarmers.
Part-Time Contract Position
Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom is searching for two part-time contract Education Program Facilitators for our “Feeding Kentucky: A STEM Adventure” Program, which is a mobile education program that teaches K-5 students about agriculture through interactive presentations and hands-on activities.