Ag Literacy

Kernels of Connections

November FARM Bags feature field corn Prairie View Elementary 2nd grader Caden Hoyt had just three words to describe his reaction to the field corn activities his class had just completed: “Best. Day. Ever!” Prairie View 2nd graders from Sandwich learned about corn harvest from farmer Ed Cowan. Kim Gudmunson’s 2nd grade students more

Still Growing Young Minds

Pandemic or not, we’re your local source for agricultural literacy. DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Ag Literacy Program continues to provide credible information about food and farming. This year we’ve adjusted to providing online resources and hands-on activities such as our FARM (Food & Agriculture Resources Monthly) Bags. We’re staying connected with educators. more

Teacher Feature – Kim Gudmunson

Teaching School:  Prairie View Elementary, Sandwich Grade:  2nd Grade Number of years teaching:  11 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I grew up on a farm in Leland and my family was part of the Farm Bureau. My husband and I continue to be members today. I taught Ag in the Classroom in both Somonauk more

Teacher Feature – Lisa Fleming

Teaching School:  Indian Creek High SchoolGrade:  Freshmen thru seniorsSubjects:  Geometry and calculusNumber of years teaching:  18 yearsFarm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I have been an Ag Literacy Ambassador for many years and participated in the Harvest Dinner as a farmer. I farm with my husband and son. What do you enjoy most about more

Increasing Ag Understanding with Books

Children’s books feature farm and food facts It’s pretty neat when a student checks out an ag-related book from their school library. “But what’s even more exciting is when a teacher checks one out to use with her students,” says Ag Literacy Coordinator Rhodora Collins. “All of a sudden, an entire more

Farm Matching Game Available

Looking for a holiday gift idea? Give a child our Farm Matching Game. DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Farm Matching Game is available to purchase at the Farm Bureau office. Similar to a memory card game, this game features all DeKalb County farm images like farm structures, animals, crops and so much more. more

FARM Bag Frenzy

October FARM Bags Engage 600 Kids “What are we going to do with all these pumpkins?!” Those were the words of Farm Bureau Manager Greg Millburg, upon seeing an ocean of orange in the Center for Agriculture garage recently. That was the staging area for basket after bushel basket of pumpkins more

Teacher Feature – Connie Wood

Teaching: School: Hiawatha Elementary SchoolGrade: K-8Subjects: Reading SpecialistNumber of years teaching: 29 yearsFarm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I grew up on a grain and hog farm in Waterman. My parents and relatives were very active with Farm Bureau. I have participated in the Summer Ag Institute twice. I learned so much about more

Small Bag, ‘Lotta Ag’

FARM Bags are coming! Children can enjoy ag at their fingertips with these interactive supplies. Beginning in October, DeKalb County Farm Bureau will provide supplies to any group willing to assemble the FARM (Food & Agriculture Resources Monthly) Bags and distribute them to families. Here’s how it will work: 1. During each month more

Pandemic Lesson Planning

No matter what school looks like this fall (in-person, remote, or some combination of the two), there’s no doubt it will rely on online resources more than ever. Teachers and parents, mix up your students’ learning experiences with these engaging options! eLearning from National Agriculture in the Classroom If you’re not already familiar more