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National Agriculture in the Classroom

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Summary 2020 — Delaware

State Contact

Ms Ashley Melvin
P: 302.222.4610
E: ashley.melvin@state.de.us

Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed

We were able to start the year using the book, "How Did That Get in My Lunch Box" by Chris Butterworth. During our presentation we talk about careers in agriculture, how food gets from the farm to their table, the importance of healthy eating by discussing the five food groups, and how farming successes and failures affect the economy. We have hands on-activities showing the different types of soil, how to pack a healthy lunch, and last we have them plant a radish seed in a cup for them to take home to see what it is like to grow their own food. These topics align with 5-LS1 of the Next Generation Science Standards, and 5.NF of the Common Core State Standard for Mathematics. Once everything shut down with COVID we have just used Facebook as a means for tools due to short staff in the office that took most of my attention.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

We have gotten 100% positive feedback from all teachers on our presentations to their students.

Program Leader Biosketch

I have a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture from Delaware State University. I have worked now with the Delaware Farm Bureau for a year and a half and am the Delaware AITC contact.