Did you know that most students are 3-4 generations removed from agriculture? It’s extremely important that students are not only exposed to agriculture but actively take part in agriculture education. Join Lauren as she shares quality resources/websites, engaging ag-tivities and exciting ideas that can be used on the farm, in the classroom or virtually. By the end of this workshop you’ll be ready to interact with a group of elementary aged students and get them motivated to learn more about agriculture!
Lauren grew up on a cow-calf operation in middle Georgia and is now the third generation to be involved in farming. She and her husband have a tree farm where part of the cow-calf operation was. Agriculture has always been a part of Lauren’s life and she understood its importance, so it shocked her when she started teaching school and realized that her students did not know where their food or fiber came from! Lauren made it her mission to make her elementary aged students ag literate during her 8 years of teaching. In 2015, she was recognized as the Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year by Georgia Farm Bureau. In 2016, she was awarded the National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium. In 2016, Lauren became a field rep. for Georgia Farm Bureau where she worked with 16 counties to implement state programs on the county level. In 2018, Lauren was promoted to Educational Program Coordinator for Georgia Farm Bureau where she now oversees the Ag in the Classroom Program and the mobile ag. classroom.