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."
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 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.”
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.
Momentum is gaining with our Sponsor-A-Classroom program! We recently presented a teacher workshop and outfitted 28 teachers thanks to the Hardin County Farm Bureau and their Young Farmers committee. An additional 8 independent and parochial classrooms will be sponsored by the Hardin County Cattlemen's Association. Hancock County Farm Bureau and the Warren County Agriculture Foundation/Warren Co. Farm Bureau have also committed to sponsoring 20 or more classroom kits each, which will provide them dedicated teacher workshops next year. Additional meetings have been scheduled with local agricultural boards to consider sponsorships.
A $7,500 Ag Tag education grant from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture made summer learning more meaningful for several hundred youth in the Kentucky Boys and Girls Clubs. Funds and teaching resources were awarded to nine clubs for their garden and cooking programs. KyAEC facilitated the grant, resource distribution, and several day programs for clubs, which included a chance to visit the Mobile Science Activity Centers.
The Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom recently celebrated 25 years of growing agriculture literacy in Kentucky, and it was so wonderful to be able to connect with a few of our founding members during the celebration. It reminded me of how far our organization has come.
I was in school in the 80s, and I cannot ever recall being taught about agriculture or food, other than our health teacher encouraging us to eat from all four food groups. At that time, I worked to convince my parents that pizza was the perfect food, because it included them all.
Maybe the lack of connecting school subjects to farming was not because our teachers and administrators did not think it was important, but maybe they thought we already knew how food was produced. I bet most of my peers had a parent or grandparent that grew up on a farm.
My family raised chickens, dairy goats, rabbits, horses, and hay when I was kid. We all know the benefits of our young people being raised on a farm or having farm-related work experiences, and I bet the only negative thing my teachers could say about my childhood was that I was all too eager to explain to my classmates about how we got more baby goats and rabbits. Today, however, our children are three and four generations removed from the farm.
KyAEC Facilitates Successful Partnership
Youth members of the Harlan Co. Cawood Ledford Boys and Girls Club worked to identify seeds during a Kentucky agriculture day camp provided in June 2016. KyAEC is working with KDA and other agriculture partners to provide day camps again this summer.
Statewide winners in the Kentucky Agriculture Poster and Essay Contest were recognized with Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, second from left, and Miss Kentucky Laura Jones, right, between innings of the Lexington Legends game on Friday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. (Kentucky Department of Agriculture photo)
Agriculture and Education Communities Unite to Provide Resources and Workshop to Teachers
Franklin, KY--Agriculture literacy is growing in Simpson County thanks to a partnership between the Simpson County Ag Awareness Committee, Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, and Simpson County Schools. Twenty classrooms are receiving a kit of educational resources that focus on Kentucky agriculture through science, social studies, math, and language arts.