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Ag Literacy

Teacher Feature – Vida Martin

Teaching: School: Sandwich High School Position: School Counselor Number of years as a counselor: 14 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I got involved with the Kane County Farm Bureau as a school counselor to learn more about agriculture-related careers. Then I found a way to connect with DeKalb County Farm Bureau so I could bring agriculture to Sandwich ...read more

Cultivating Classrooms

Ag in the Classroom Presenations In February, over 2,793 first through fourth grade students experienced agriculture within their own classrooms as part of the Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) presentations. Thanks to nearly 100 volunteers from throughout DeKalb County, these students learned about seeds, cows, Illinois agriculture, and more! AITC offers different agriculture lessons specifically created for ...read more

Helping Hands

Volunteers gather to prepare for Ag in the Classroom. Presenting over 100 Ag in the Classroom (AITC) lessons takes a lot of preparation, time, and helping hands. Every February, DeKalb County 1st-4th grade students can experience agriculture-themed presentations given by local farmers and agribusiness professionals. But before the lessons come to life ...read more

Teacher Feature – Joann Pardridge

Teaching: School: Indian Creek Elementary Grade: 4 Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 33 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy Connection: I have participated in Ag in the Classroom presentations, attended the Summer Ag Institute at Farm Bureau, and I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for Indian Creek Elementary. What is your favorite unit to teach? I love to ...read more

Career Contemplation

If you worked in this career, do you think you would spend your time working indoors, outdoors, or both? What would you wear to work if this was your job? What STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills do you think you might use in this career? Why is this career important to ...read more

Teacher Feature – Shelley Lawson

Teaching: School: Children’s Learning Center, DeKalb Students: 2 and 3 year-olds Subjects: Incorporating academics while teaching life skills Number of years teaching: 11 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy Connection: I incorporated the Pre-K Barn Kit into my classroom and took my class on a field trip to Carol and Jim Boesche’s dairy farm in the early 1990’s. ...read more

Teacher Feature – Dana Timmermann

Teaching: School: Kingston Elementary School Grade: 1st Grade Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 4 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have taught Ag in the Classroom at Kingston Elementary School (KES), attended the Summer Ag Institute at Farm Bureau, and I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for KES. What is your favorite unit to teach? I ...read more

Agriculture Options

High schoolers face an abundance of options as they begin to consider what they will do after graduation. Agriculture provides these students with post-graduation opportunities in over 250 careers. The FFA Career Day, held at DeKalb County Farm Bureau, was developed to help high school students explore these options. The annual day-long ...read more

Ag Literacy in Action

Recent months kept DeKalb County’s ag literacy program busy with workshops and presentations reaching out to teachers and students around the county. (Above) Elementary teachers search for farm-related resources during a “Kid, Crops, and Critters in the Classroom” workshop. The workshop was one of three ag literacy-focused sessions conducted during the ...read more

Students Explore Everyday Agriculture

“I live near cornfields but didn’t know anything about corn until today,” said Ayden. Ayden is one of the nearly 300 eighth grade students that participated in the Sycamore Middle School Farm Field Trip. This year, students visited three local farms and agribusinesses on Sept. 22 and 24 – CHS Elburn’s ...read more