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Ag in the Classroom Bus Tour - Agriculture Across the State

We join a group of Oklahoma teachers on an Ag in the Classroom bus trip back to the farm to see where our food comes from.
Ag in the Classroom Bus Tour - Agriculture Across the State

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Show 1205: Ag in the Classroom Bus Tour - Agriculture Across the State

Air date: April 8, 2012

 

Transcript

ROB MCCLENDON:  WELL STUDENTS AREN’T THE ONLY ONES OFTEN CLUELESS ABOUT HOW THE FOOD WE EAT GETS TO OUR PLATE,  WHICH IS WHY THE AG IN THE CLASSROOM PROGRAM LOADS UP A BUS FULL OF TEACHERS EACH YEAR TO TAKE THEM BACK TO THE FARM.  HERE’S OUR COURTENAY DEHOFF.

COURTENAY DEHOFF:  ROB, WORK IS UNDERWAY TO CHANGE THE WAY YOUNG PEOPLE EAT BY TEACHING THEM WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM; AND THEIR TEACHERS ARE AT THE FOREFRONT.

COURTENAY:  TEACHERS ARE DIGGING IN AND STEPPING OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM; ALL IN HOPES OF TAKING SOMETHING BACK TO THEIR STUDENTS.

THIS IS REALLY HARD WORK.  AND, WOW, THIS REALLY TAKES A LOT OF MATH AND SCIENCE.

COURTENAY:  KRIS KIRBY WITH THE FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM

KRIS KIRBY:  OH, WE HAVE GOT AN EXCITING DAY TODAY.  WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A BUS TOUR FOR CHILD NUTRITION DIRECTORS AND TEACHERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE TO EMPHASIZE THE FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM AND THE AG IN THE CLASSROOM PROGRAMS.  AND WHAT WE ARE DOING IS WE ARE GOING AROUND LOOKING AT LOCAL FARMS, LOCAL GARDENS.  WE VISITED A LOCAL FARMER’S MARKET SO WE CAN REALLY SEE ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT OUR FARMERS ARE DOING HERE IN THE STATE.

COURTENAY:  AND EDUCATORS IN THE STATE KNOW THE WEIGHT NUTRITION HAS ON OUR CHILDREN.

KIRBY:  NUTRITION PLAYS SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART IN SCHOOL AND THE TEACHERS PLAY SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART AND I THINK THIS IS A WAY WHERE THEY CAN WORK TOGETHER.  NUTRITION IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE HEALTH; NUTRITION, FOR THE WAY THAT THE STUDENTS LEARN IN CLASS, AND THEN THE TEACHERS ARE ABLE TO SEE, TO INTEGRATE GARDENING INTO THEIR PROGRAMS, TEACH KIDS WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM.  IT GIVES THEM THAT HANDS-ON ACTIVITY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

COURTENAY:  HANDS ON WORK THAT IS EYE OPENING FOR TEACHERS.

KIRBY:  AND YOU SEE HOW HARD IT IS, WHAT HARD WORK IT IS.  AND HOW DOES THIS FOOD GROW?  YOU KNOW THESE POTATOES THAT ARE COMING OUT OF THE GROUND OR THE PEPPERS THAT ARE COMING OFF THE BUSHES.

COURTENAY:  AND THE TEACHERS MUST WORK JUST AS HARD.  SECRETARY JIM REESE.

JIM REESE:  WELL I THINK THAT IT REALLY TAKES A LOT OF EFFORT ON THE TEACHERS PART TO PRESENT AG IN THE CLASSROOM IN AN INTERESTING WAY.  AND SO I KNOW THAT THESE TEACHERS ARE LEARNING A LOT MORE AND LEARNING HOW TO PRESENT IT AND MAKE IT INTERESTING, AND IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT SO THAT THE KIDS LEARN WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM.

COURTENAY:  THE FARM-TO-SCHOOL BUS TOUR PROVIDES A WONDERFUL NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS, AND LETS THEM SHARE IDEAS AND TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE SEEING IN THE CLASSROOM.