State Reports

State Summary 2015 — Connecticut

State Contact

Ms. Martha Johnson
Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation
P.O. Box 3473
Enfield, CT 06083
P: 802.349.7339

Classroom Resources

Read Across Connecticut: The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara For educator distribution: Activity Plan and Vocabulary List

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

None reported for 2015

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

We had a successful Farm City event this year where 120 students from Hampden, CT attended Common Ground Vo-Ag School in New Haven, CT. The kids learned about planting, bees, soils, animals and food mapping.

We also implemented a Barnyard Bookshelf project where schools received a bookshelf (built by high school students at a Vo-Ag school) filled with agriculturally age appropriate books. We delivered 19 of these bookshelves and look forward to continuing this program in 2016.This project was successfully fulfilled by Debbi Tanner and the Women's Committee through the CT Farm Bureau funded by the CTAEF.



My name is Martha and I recently stepped into the role as President of the Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation. I have been involved with the foundation for several years now and am excited about promoting agricultural education! As we start a new year and chapter of the CTAEF we are all excited about refocusing our AITC program. I look forward to learning from others in the National AITC program.

I'd also like to take a second to introduce Debbi Tanner who will be helping me develop the AITC program this year and going forward:

Debbi was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mansfield, CT. Her husband bought their own dairy farm in 1981, added bison in 1990 and transitioned to all bison in 2005. They are the owners of Creamery Brook Bison where they raise bison for meat and give educational tours to schools, private groups and also offer public tours on specific dates. Debbi has an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern CT State College ( now ECSU). She also has a masters Degree from UCONN in Education and Reading. Debbi is the chair of the CT Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee. As part of the CT WLC she is involved in distributing (with the financial assistance of CTAEF) ag accurate books, barn shaped bookshelves and a hands-on project to 19 schools in CT.

She is also a member of the following: Member of the American Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee Member of the Brooklyn, CT Ag Commission Member of the Northeast Visitors District BOD Member of MysticCountry BOD

Debbi and her husband have 3 daughters - a teacher, an educational para-professional, and a lawyer. They have 9 grandchildren, 6 of whom live on the farm property. Debbi has participated in 3 National AITC Conventions and 1 Northeast Regional Meeting. She is also a part-time sub para-professional at the local elementary school.