Falling into the Pumpkin Patch

Every young person should have the opportunity to experience a pumpkin patch by taking a class field trip. Pumpkin patches ooze fun, but they also burst with opportunities to teach. A trip to the pumpkin patch allows teachers to enrich the minds of their students while giving them a hands on learning experience.

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Why Choose Agriculture?

Imagine a man in his late fifties with tired eyes and calloused hands. His 4:30a.m. alarm clock just went off as it does seven days a week, 365 days a year.

His daily tasks involve the expertise of a veterinarian, a water conservationist, an economist, a meteorologist, a mechanic, and a business owner. He was up all last night talking care of newborn calves but could not sleep in this morning because he has to get the hay crop in before it rains tomorrow. It’s also his birthday.

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Stepping on an Essential Resource

You’ve heard that soil is the root of all life. And physically, soil does hold all the roots and provide a substrate to support roots for plants and trees, but what else does it do?  Isn’t it just an inert substrate beneath our feet, and the stuff we put in flower pots, meant to provide structure for our plants?

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Teacher Feature

This month, our Teacher Feature is Danielle Geissler of Mountain View Elementary School in Corvallis. She was one of our nominees for AITC Teacher of the Year for her impressive year-long commitment to teaching with agricultural themes. When we interviewed Danielle, her passions for teaching and the sciences come to life through her classroom activities.

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5 things to do now in your school garden

It’s been chilly and rainy here in Oregon, but be warned: as of this writing, the official start of spring is just 28 days away! Leaves are emerging from willow trees, and frogs are sounding their mating alarms in the evenings. With a little bit of planning now, you could have some wonderful plants growing in your garden in as little as 6 weeks.

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Eggcellent Education

Omelets, scrambles, and quiche… OH MY! There are so many amazing ways to prepare eggs for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Not only are they a tasty treat, they are jam-packed with educational opportunities. The egg laying process, the properties of the shell and contents, and the art of preparing egg dishes can all lead to a wide variety of lessons for students and adults!

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Why Teach Ag?

The fundamentals of producing our food, clothing, and shelter are great applications for hands-on math and science, problem solving, as well as creativity and the arts.

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5 Wonderful Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Everything is slowing down and the joys of gift giving are abundant! Are you still looking for a gift for a special little tyke in your life? We suggest giving the gift of literacy!

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