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Florida Teachers Learned How to ‘Sprout Success in their Classrooms’

Florida Teachers Learned How to ‘Sprout Success in their Classrooms’

NEARLY 100 TEACHERS ATTEND FAITC SUMMER SCHOOL GARDEN WORKSHOPS AND FARM TOURS
GAINESVILLE – Florida teachers learned how to ‘Sprout Success in their Classrooms’ at Florida Agriculture in the Classroom’s summer school garden workshops held in Central and South Florida.

Nearly 100 teachers who teach kindergarten through 12th grade attended the two workshops held June 10 in Sebring (Highlands County) and June 12 in Homestead (Miami-Dade County). They observed demonstrations of lessons from school garden curricula Gardening for Grades and Nutrients for Life and in the morning, and then boarded buses and visited nearby farms in the afternoon.

The Sebring workshop held at the Highlands County Extension Office highlighted lessons about the nutritional benefits of Florida fruits and vegetables, activities linking children’s literature to the school garden and the complexity of the photosynthetic process. Teachers then visited caladium grower Happiness Farms in Lake Placid and ornamental plant nursery Delray Plants in Venus.

The Homestead workshop held at the Miami-Dade County Extension Office featured lessons on soil science and plant nutrition and the parts of the plant Florida fruits and vegetables represent. Teachers then visited tropical fish farm Redland Koi Garden, orchid nursery R.F. Orchids and farmer’s market Robert is Here.

“Thank you for the creative hands on activities, beautiful grant connections, resources, curriculum and posters and wonderful ideas for fall planting,” wrote one teacher in an evaluation.

“I probably will tie the concept of nutrients to the teaching of the periodic table,” wrote another teacher.

Florida Agriculture in the Classroom thanks lunch sponsors Highlands County Farm Bureau, Miami-Dade County Farm Bureau and Florida AgriWomen , and farm tour hosts Happiness Farms, Delray Plants, Redland Koi Garden, R.F. Orchids and Robert is Here for their role in making the workshops a success.

Florida Agriculture in the Classroom is a non-profit organization based in Gainesville that is funded by sales of the agriculture specialty license plate called the ‘Ag Tag.’

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