There are many ways you can educate about agriculture in your area! Here are 8 great ideas.
1. Share the Ag Lit Catalog
The Ag Lit Catalog is a searachable list of ag literacy resources. You can search by keyword, grade, topic, time, cost or resource type and make a list of your favorites! This catalog makes it easy to find the perfect resource for a school visit, fair, or any other ag literacy event.
2. Play My American Farm
Free and fun, My American Farm games are linked to educational standards! Ask if you can volunteer in a classroom or a Boy Scout or Girl Scout meeting! Download the My American Farm STEM app or play all of the games online! Play now.
3. Read an Accurate Ag Book
Volunteer in a local school. Read a book, talk about your operation or how agriculture is everywhere. If time permits do an ag activity! Check out our Recommended Resources to get some ideas or look at Feeding Minds Press!
4. Feeding Minds Press
The goal of Feeding Minds Press, a project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, is to publish accurate and engaging books about agriculture that connect readers to where their food comes from and to who grows it. The first hardcover book, "Right This Very Minute: A table-to-farm book about food and farming", published in 2019 and our next hardcover book, "Chuck's Ice Cream Wish" will come out in March 2020.
There are also 4 free printable books through the My Little Ag Me Book series; these introduce ag careers to young learners!
5. Do a Purple Plow Puzzler
Purple Plow is a free STEM-education platform for middle-school and high-school educators. Students research scenarios related to food, hunger and sustainability and build their own prototypes to solve problems. Challenges are semester-long projects, but puzzlers are shorter 1-3 hour activities that are perfect for a classroom visit or after-school program!
6. Become a Pen Pal
Check with your Farm Bureau or Ag in the Classroom to see if they have a Pen Pal program you can join like Nebraska.
7. Skype with a Classroom
Share your story virtually! Like schools in Polk County, Iowa.
8. Tweet, post, blog, 'gram etc!
Social media is an excellent way to share your story, it is free, fast, and easy! Find some inspiration by following Will Gilmer, former AFBF YF&R committee chair, @gilmerdairy.