Michigan Agriculture in the Classroom

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September 2022

Lake Superior State University Education Students Bring Agriculture into their Classrooms

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Michigan Agriculture in the Classroom partnered with Lake Superior State University College of Education for the second year hosting a 2-hour professional development aligned to the state science and social studies standards. Michelle Blodgett, Michigan Agriculture in the Classroom manager led this hands-on professional development that left the students feeling more confident about incorporating agriculture into their future classrooms. There were 22 Lake Superior State University K-12 social studies methods students in attendance. Seventeen students had an elementary focus and the remaining five had a middle and high school focus.

During this training, lessons from the National Agriculture in the Classroom Curriculum Matrix were demonstrated including, Right This Very Minute, a 3-5 grade level lesson. This lesson includes an agriculture accurate book about food production and farming following the table-to-farm concept. The lesson includes three activities, and all the necessary materials are free to any teacher. It is broken down into two one-hour sessions. The lesson plan not only provides a step-by-step plan for each activity but also gives background information and more resources for the educator. This lesson focusses on learning about the path food takes to get from farm to table along with the chance to explore what foods are grown locally. Students finish the lesson by writing thank you notes to farmers in their communities. After walking through the lesson and exploring others available in the matrix, the students from LSSU were tasked with creating their own lesson plan which included a Michigan agriculture focus.

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August 2022

As summer wraps up many of us might mistakenly right off purchasing fresh local produce until next summer. Fortunately, we live in an incredibly diverse state which raises more than 300 different commodities. All we have to do is find out which delicious products are in season near us. Just as a watermelon and sweet corn are best in the summer, there are some fruits and vegetables best enjoyed in the fall. So, before we skip right to pumpkins and apple cider, check out your local farmers market to see what is still available! Blueberries, cabbage, herbs, pears, and tomatoes are just a few of the options you will find. Many local livestock farmers will also have plenty pork, beef, lamb, chicken, and turkey to fill up your freezers before winter. Michigan Grown Michigan Great is a great resource to find what local produce is grown near you.

Once you have found which products are grown near you, it is time to find a local farmer's market. To find a farmers market near you visit the Michigan Farmers Market Association. Along with finding the location of every market in the state you can also check out the upcoming events and current news. For those that love exploring local farm experiences, check out how we can still enjoy farm fun in the fall by exploring the Michigan Agrotourism Association website. Stay tuned for more seasonal information regarding fresh local food options.

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