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Teachers dig into farming

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Hudson Reese of Scottsburg talks to public-school teachers about the importance of agriculture in Halifax County. Here and everywhere, he said, farmers feed the nation. Agriculture is the state’s top industry.
SoVaNow.com / August 20, 2012
Teachers, put some topsoil in your classroom. Tractors, cattle and sunflower seeds, too.

And keep in mind that agriculture is still, with 908 farms, vital to Halifax County.

That was the lesson 120 local K-5 educators who teach science got during a training meeting Friday, held at The Prizery. The event is sponsored every few years by Farm Bureau.

Kids today don’t know where their food comes from, lamented Scott Crowder, a farmer and local president of Halifax County Farm Bureau. (Answer: It’s not the grocery aisles of Wal-Mart.)

Donna Maxey, an education programmer with the Richmond-based Agriculture in the Classroom and a former Amelia County teacher, shared ways to incorporate the farm into lesson plans already aligned with the state’s Standards of Learning: everything from picture books like “Peas to the Table” to careers to the economics of a farmers market.

Maxey’s group’s website offers free resources and links for teachers: http://www.agintheclass.org.

For online farm-related games: MyAmericanFarm.org.

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