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.
Students Invited to Submit Entries on 'Kentucky Agriculture: From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate'
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites Kentucky students to show in words and pictures how food gets “From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate” in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA’s) annual Poster and Essay Contest.
“The food system is a complex network of farmers, processors, distributors, retailers, restaurants, and many others who have a hand in the production of the foods we enjoy,” Commissioner Quarles said. “This year’s Poster and Essay Contest will enable students to explore this network and learn where their food comes from. I hope all Kentucky teachers will encourage their students to participate.”
The Poster and Essay Contest is open to all Kentucky students in grades K-12. Students may submit a poster, an essay, or a digital image about the theme. Poster and essay winners will be chosen in each grade; one statewide digital winner will be selected for all grades.
Entries must be submitted to the KDA and postmarked no later than April 2, 2018. Winners will be notified on May 4. Each winner will receive a $100 award from Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom (KyAEC) and will be recognized at the 2018 Poster and Essay Contest Awards Ceremony later in the year.
For more information, including rules, resources, and a downloadable entry form, go to kyagr.com/agcontest or contact Elizabeth Gordon, director of the KDA’s Education and Outreach Division, at (502) 782-4125 or email@example.com.
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.
Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom is so excited about the new school year! We have brand-new resources, lessons that have updated standards, and some of our old favorite resources that are continuously being improved. All lessons are aligned to current Kentucky Academic Standards.
NEW CURRICULUM!: GRADES K-5 & MS/HS Enrichment
Kentucky Farms Feed Me Virtual Field Trips
Take your students on a virtual field trip through our Kentucky Farms Feed Me Virtual Field Trip Series. Visit eight Kentucky farms through each video. The videos work great on their own, but there is also a collection of science, social studies, reading, math, practical living and vocational studies activities for various grade levels that correspond with the videos. Consider having a #FarmFriday this fall, and take a field trip each week!
NEW! Grades 3-8 and HS Enrichment
The Farm as an Ecosystem
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. Sponsored teachers receive all materials for this lesson.
View these lessons by clicking on their titles, or view all our lessons on our Teacher Resources page.
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)
June is National Dairy Month! What started as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk, National Dairy Month has evolved into a month-long celebration to focus on dairy production and farming, nutrition, and offers an opportunity for whole communities to work together to promote agriculture.
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.
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!