Teacher Tours Help Educators Trace Connections to Agriculture

Teacher tours help educators trace connections to agriculture

Generations now separate most schoolkids from any direct experience of farming. Maybe their great-grandparents, or their great-great-grandparents farmed.

Still, one thing hasn’t changed: agriculture provides things we need and enjoy every day. But how do you help kids understand that connection?

Twenty-five teachers spent three days in June visiting a dozen incredibly different places in the Twin Cities metro area, all of which are pieces in the mosaic of Minnesota agriculture. In turn, those educators will teach thousands of students over the coming years, making the topic of agriculture exciting and relevant to them. This Summer Teacher Tour was produced by Sue Knott and Keri Sidle, the education specialists at Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC). MAITC is a public-private partnership between Minnesota Department of Agriculture and supporters like the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

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