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National Agriculture in the Classroom

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Summary 2021 — Virginia

State Contact

Ms. Tammy Maxey
Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
P.O. Box 27552
Richmond, VA 23261
P: 804.290.1143
E: tammy.maxey@vafb.com
Website

Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed

  • Multimedia Units - https://virginia.agclassroom.org/teachers/multi/
  • Virginia AITC Online Course https://va.agclassroom.org/teachers/online/
  • Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom You Tube Channel with original videos - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfKyXSRPDHenkQUcXIaJBGA/videos
  • Harvest of the Week Nutrition Connections- https://cdn.agclassroom.org/va/teachers/harvest/harvest.pdf
  • What's Growing on in Virginia Farm to Table Newsletter and What's Growing on in Virginia Ag Careers Newsletter - https://va.agclassroom.org/teachers/newsletters/

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

  • 96% of educators participating in professional development in person and virtually consistently report that they gain resources and knowledge to integrate agriculture concepts into their core subjects
  • 97% of professional development participants report that they are likely to share resources with fellow educators
  • 94% educators report a change in perspective and awareness of the importance of agriculture to our daily lives and interactions
  • 75% of grant projects reported an increase in awareness and appreciation for agriculture in daily lives among students

Program Leader Biosketch

Tammy Maxey is the Programs Directors for Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom (VAITC). The mission of this foundation is to connect children to agriculture which is achieved through a combination of educational outreach initiatives geared towards educators, volunteers and directly to youth. Virginia Farm Bureau Federation is the largest supporter and partner of the foundation. VAITC provides curriculum resources, professional development and grants to educators providing an opportunity for an agriculture experience to 400,000 youth annually. Since joining the program at Virginia Farm Bureau in 2006 Mrs. Maxey has authored two agriculture literacy books, served in leadership roles with National AITC, represented NAITC on the American Farm Bureau Foundation Board, and serves as past president of National Agriculture in the Classroom. Tammy has held positions as a school administrator and educator in Virginia public schools. She holds a Post-Master's in Principalship from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a MS in vocational education from Virginia Tech and a BS in special education from VCU. She and her husband own and operate a cow/calf operation in Amelia, Virginia.