Summary 2019 — Georgia
2020 High School Art Contest Calendar: The 2020 calendar features the 10 district winner and two honorable mentions, national commodity months, a recipe, class activity, class discussion, book suggestions and a did you know ag fact (s) which can be done in the classroom. It is available for purchase and on the GFB Foundation for Agriculture website. http://www.gfbfoundation.org/aitc.html Specialty Crops AgMag: The AgMag is a component of the USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant. It was revamped this year! The magazine is available for purchase and is on the Ga AITC website. The state commodity map was also revised with updated facts.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
The largest impact comes from our county Farm Bureaus who spend countless people-hours doing classroom presentations, middle school essay contest, high school art contest, conducting Farm Days at Schools and on farms, providing educational materials, and assisting with school projects. They deliver the books to the public libraries through the GFB Foundation Library Project. With 159 counties, GFB volunteers reach about 60,000 students each year. County Farm Bureaus are also committed to sending key teachers to the National Ag in the Classroom Conference. In 2019, we had 30 people from Georgia attend the conference. They all came back ready to begin or expand their ag literacy programs. The one-day Educator Workshop/Farm Experience reached 150 teachers in 2019. 100% indicated they would use the resources they received in the classroom. These teachers have the potential to reach more than 5,000 students each year. Because the workshops are sponsored by the county Farm Bureau, it has also developed or enhanced the school/Farm Bureau partnership resulting in visits to the classroom and assistance with projects such as school gardens.
Lauren Goble has been with Georgia Farm Bureau for 3.5 years. She was a field rep. for almost two year before being promoted to Georgia Agriculture in the Classroom Coordinator and Women's Leadership Committee Coordinator. Prior to working for Georgia Farm Bureau she taught Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade. She was the 2015 Ag Teacher of the Year for Georgia Farm Bureau and one of the 2016 National Ag Teacher of the Year. The Women’s Leadership Committee primarily focuses on youth education and agricultural literacy. Part of my responsibilities include materials development and teacher training. I serve on the Farm to School Alliance and several FFA Advisory Boards and CTAE Advisory Boards. I received a B.S. in Sociology from Georgia College & State University. I received my Masters in Early Childhood Education from Wesleyan College.