In addition to teacher training, Utah Agriculture in the Classroom works with teachers and volunteers statewide to provide resources for gardens, classroom visits, and field trips.
To really be inspired, meet some amazing volunteers!
- Students examining native bee specimens.
- Students pose for a group photo at the Utah County Farm Field Day.
- Volunteers make MyPlate Cups for students at the Utah County Farm Field Day with an item from each MyPlate category.
- The Cups that Volunteers make for students at the Utah County Farm Field Day include a food item from each MyPlate Category.
- FFA students at the Utah County Farm Field Day explain honey bees to students and even let them try on some of the bee keeping outfits.
- A student at the Utah County Farm Field Day gears up to gather honey.
- Students at the Utah County Farm Field Day enjoy getting up close to a draft horse.
- Students at the Utah County Farm Field Day gather around to watch a sheep get sheared as they learn about wool.
- A student turns to ask his teacher if the sheep likes getting a haircut.
- A volunteer shows students a baby lamb during a springtime classroom visit.
- A student prepares to eat a carrot after picking some fresh produce at a Cache County Farm Field Day.
- Students prepare for the sheep shearing demonstration at the Utah County Farm Field Day.
- A student uses a food model to explore MyPlate.
- A volunteer explains MyPlate to students.
- Students anxiously await the arrival of their FFA field day guide at the Utah County Farm Field Day.
- Students make living necklaces at a Farm Field Day.
- Students learn about where dairy products come from at the Utah County Farm Field Day.
- A student at a farm field day blows away the tares leaving wheat kernels to grind into flour.
- Students grind flour at a Farm Field Day.
- Senator Margaret Dayton, Nola Taylor, and Belva Parr at the Utah County Farm Field Days.
- Students learn about different food groups using food items as props at a Farm Field Day.
- At the Spring Utah County Farm Field Days the students arrive and are gathered and receive and introduction and instructions at the Sheep Shearing Demonstration.
- Scott Boyar of USU Extension shows students an example of what Dairy Cows eat.
- Students use crab mallets to make impressions of plants in linen while learning the parts of a flower.
- A volunteer explains Honey Production to students at a farm Field Day.
National 2011 Agriculture Advocate Award Winner
For the past nine years, Belva Parr, member of the Utah County Farm Bureau (FB) has worked tirelessly as an advocate for Utah Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC). She became involved with her county's Farm Bureau Belvaprogram when she saw an article in the local newspaper by the county Extension agent. He needed help with the county farm field days. Belva's mother and other Farm Bureau members had started the first Utah Farm Bureau field day in Salt Lake County in the early 1970s. "I figure the desire to teach about agriculture is in my blood," Belva says. "I had to be a part." Belva recognized that there was a need to teach others why farmers are so important to everyone who "eats, wears clothing, and lives on this earth," so she was fully on board when she saw the resources provided by AITC.
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2014-2015 White-Reinhardt Scholarship Award Winner!
"I believe that agriculture is the thread in the fabric that binds our nation together and provides the means of sustaining our people physically, temporally, and even socially. The things learned from working with animals, on farms, in the classrooms, and in a myriad of agricultural settings may be just the thing that saves our nation."
"I believe that the public needs to learn and realize the role that agriculture plays in their everyday lives. This is the reason that I volunteer and wish to teach children, particularly, about agriculture. I am a very busy individual, but when my children come home after helping all day teaching students about agriculture, and they say, "I can't believe the kids don't know that the eggs they eat really come from a chicken," I am reminded of the importance of continually offering agricultural education in the schools.
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