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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2019 — Pennsylvania

State Contact

Ms Charlene Shupp Espenshade
PA Friends of Ag Foundation
510 South 31st Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011
P: 717.731.9499

Classroom Resources

Ag Career Display Kit Positively4Kids! educational pages ( Farmer's Market Fun, outreach activity and materials

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

101,875 students, grades k-8, were educated last year in the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab, with pre/post surveys showing a 10% increase in agricultural literacy. Reached 20,000 attendees at 3 other major public events promoting general agricultural literacy 36,000 students, K-2, met a member of PA's agricultural community while learning about where their food comes from through an ag accurate book and activity as part of our 3rd Annual PA Ag Literacy Week program. Pre/Post assessments of the 47 Ag Institute participants showed an increase in their ag awareness, including an increase of 15% in the highest pre and post assessments. The pre/post opinion question of "Do you have the knowledge and tools to incorporate agriculture into your classroom" went from 60% pre to 100% post.


Tonya Wible, Director of Education for the PA Friends of Ag Foundation, is serving her 7th year as PA State Contact for NAITC. Tonya's connection to PA AITC began in 1998 when she attended Pennsylvania's summer AITC workshop. She returned the following year to serve as a presenter, and continued to present at the summer workshop until 2003, when she left the regular classroom to assist PA Farm Bureau's PA Friends of Foundation with the launch of their Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab program as a means of response to the growing need for agricultural education that its members were seeing. With a BS ED in Elementary Education and a BA in Psychology from Shippensburg University, she brought to the program not only 6 years of classroom experience from her time at Chambersburg Area School District, but also a strong connection to agriculture and its importance, as she grew up on a dairy farm in Chambersburg, PA. As Education Director, she oversees all aspects of the Foundation's ag literacy efforts, including program development and expansion, curriculum development, promotions, and trainings. She also serves as state affiliate for Food, Land and People and recently joined the state Farm to School advisory group. Tonya and her colleagues within the PA Friends of Ag Foundation are working to incorporate all of their educational efforts as part of their NAITC programming, as well as expand the scope of the educational programs and resources they offer.