Part of the job of ag literacy is connecting with teachers. But how can we effectively reach over 1,000 busy educators? Mailings, emails, social media, and websites all play an important role. However, nothing beats making personal connections.
That’s where the Ag Literacy Ambassadors come in. Ten years ago DeKalb County Farm Bureau decided to formally enlist the help of teachers to spread the word about ag literacy among their fellow educators. That effort continues today.
Nearly all of the 42 elementary, middle, and high school buildings in DeKalb County have an Ambassador. The job of Ag Literacy Ambassadors is to share and promote information about ag literacy programs and resources to the other teachers in their buildings. They also distribute items like the farm fact calendars provided by Illinois Ag in the Classroom and books donated annually to school libraries.
To help them in their Ambassador role, Farm Bureau offers a special workshop each fall. The workshop highlights resources like the AgriLearning Kits and Ag Mags, and reviews programs such as Ag in the Classroom presentations and the Summer Ag Institute. Workshop participants also try out activities and discuss ways to address agricultural topics such as food safety and the environment.