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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2019 — District of Columbia

State Contact

Ms Joan C Smith
1616 H St. NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006
P: 571.662.7220

Classroom Resources

None. Utilizing the resource available at the following link:

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

Agricultural literacy was increased in Washington DC and throughout the nation based on 4 NAITC workshops held at a National Grange Summer event which providedtrain-the-trainer" opportunities.


Joan C. Smith has been a Grange member and leader in the organization for more than 60 years. She serves as the National Grange Foundation Board Chair and is the President of Potomac Grange #1, DC. She retired in 2019 from her most recent position as the Vice-President of a D.C.-based government contracting company. She worked for 33 years as a federal civilian for the Department of Defense in the Pentagon and Ft. Monmouth, NJ. She grew up on a farm in New Jersey where they raised crops, chickens, hogs and rabbits and did custom farming. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Rider University, NJ and attended Fairleigh Dickenson University NJ. Potomac Grange #1, took on the role as the NAITC Contact in 2016. The National Grange is the NAITC Sponsor of the annual presentation of the Agriculture Advocate Award for the past 11 years and is the oldest agricultural advocate organization in the nation. At the yearly award ceremony at the National AITC Convention, it is a privilege to meet the incredible honoree selected for their volunteer work to enhance agriculture literacy in their state.