I recently volunteered with Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) to read to students during Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM). It was so great to be in the classroom as both a teacher and a farmer. Here are a few of the highlights:
1. Touching Grain – the kids just wanted to get their hands into those grain samples and didn’t want to take them out!
2. Technology – the students were fascinated with the GPS and auto-steer in the videos (after they got over the cool factor of the drone) and then were super proud to tell me that they know how to code, and could probably write that program!
3. Animals – on numerous occasions, and in different classrooms, the students told me that I didn’t’ live on a farm because there were no animals!
4. Connections – Although some students did not know that food comes from farms, there were many students who were excited to share their experiences and connections. These included things like riding along during harvest and jumping on bales. Kids were also making comments about fiction and non-fiction and using great strategies, like using the pictures, to support their thinking. There was even a guess about how worms and snakes might be similar, after a conversation about how worms can help soil.
If you are a farmer, farm extender or farm femme I would recommend the Ag in the Classroom as a way to connect with the next generation of consumers (or farmers) and tell them about what you do and why you love farming.