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George Washington Carver often said that a weed is a flower growing in the wrong place. He might have said this about himself. As the child of slaves, he grew up eager to learn, but was unable to find a school in his neighborhood that would accept black students. It was twenty years before he had enough money saved to go to college, but eventually George Washington Carver became a professor at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. There he was able to teach poor farmers the value of plants such as the sweet potato and the peanut – crops that were almost unknown at the time, but for which he invented hundreds of uses.

Written and illustrated with affection for “a wonderful man who devoted his whole life to making life better for others,” Aliki’s biography tells the remarkable story of a great figure in African American history who is now recognized as the most prominent Black scientist of the early twentieth century. This book needs to be returned. 

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Agricultural Drones

Simon Rose

Farm fields can span hundreds of acres. With so much area to cover, checking crops and livestock can be difficult. But with an agricultural drone, this job becomes much simpler. Young readers will discover how drones help farmers maximize efficiencies and bring abundant harvests. This book needs to be returned. 

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Follow Julia Child—chef, author, and television personality—from her childhood in Pasadena, California, to her life as a spy in WWII, to the cooking classes she took in Paris, to the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to the funny moments of being a chef on TV. Use this book to teach about the diversity of careers available in the food system!

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This kit allows students to “become” bees and pollinate different Oregon crops. Click here for the lesson plan. Please check out the book separately.

This kit does not need to be returned.

This Kit Includes:

Photos of beehive, blueberry bush, apple tree, and flowers, chalk, cotton swab “bees” , and a paper lesson plan

 

Please put the number of students in your class in the quantity section at checkout to ensure the correct number of supplies gets to you.

 

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“Poet Juan Felipe Herrera’s bilingual memoir paints a vivid picture of his migrant farmworker childhood. His rich, evocative prose re-creates the joy of eating under the open sky, celebrating at a fiesta with other farm families, and listening to his mother singing Mexican songs and his father calling the doves.

Las memorias bilingües del poeta Juan Felipe Herrerra pintan una imagen vívida de su infancia campesina. Su prosa profunda y evocadora recrea la alegría de comer bajo el cielo abierto, de celebrar una fiesta con otras familias de agricultores, y de escuchar a su madre cantando canciones mexicanas y su padre llamando a las palomas. “

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Careers in Conservation

United States Department of Agriculture

This brochure engages readers in the foundation and mission of Natural Resources Conservation Services as well as career opportunities and how to get involved.

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Beautiful, full-color photography illustrates this exciting portrayal of young people helping adults look after cattle, from calving and branding to haying, grazing and rounding up the herd. This book will need to be returned.

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This critically acclaimed book features photographs, poems, and interviews with nine children who reveal the hardships and hopes of today’s Mexican-American migrant farm workers and their families.

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Dolores is a teacher, a mother, and a friend. She wants to know why her students are too hungry to listen, why they don’t have shoes to wear to school. Dolores is a warrior, an organizer, and a peacemaker. When she finds out that the farm workers in her community are poorly paid and working under dangerous conditions, she stands up for their rights.

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El Camino de Amelia

Linda Jacobs Altman

Amelia Luisa Martinez odia los caminos. Los caminos llevan su familia migrante al campo donde ellos trabajan todo el día, a las escuelas donde nadie conoce su nombre, y a cabañas desoladas que no están en casa. Amelia anhela una casa bella y blanca con un gran árbol de sombra, donde ella puede vivir sin preocuparse por los caminos. Un día, Amelia descubre un “camino fortuito”. Al final ella encuentra un árbol viejo y asombroso que parece el arbol de sus sueños. El majestuoso sentido de permanencia del árbol la inspira a crear sus propios raíces especiales.

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