Florida’s Agriculture Literacy Day Kick-Off Event
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom’s Agriculture Literacy Day Kick-Off Event was a great success! To celebrate Agriculture Literacy Day and this year’s book, Drive Through Florida: Fruit, Florida Agriculture in the Classroom hosted 2 elementary schools at Kirkland Farms Blueberry Farm.
Students from Snively Elementary and St. Paul Lutheran School in Polk County experienced agriculture first hand, as they rotated through stations at Kirkland Farms. First, students listened to the reading of the book by Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Chairwomen, Carol Roe, of Wm. G. Roe and Sons, Inc.. Next, students learned about germination and did our “Garden in a Glove” activity as well as learned the difference between a fruit and a vegetable with fun fruit games. The Auburndale FFA Chapter ran the game stations for the event. Students also learned from Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Chef Paula Kendrick, who prepared blueberry breakfast bars for the students and discussed nutritional benefits of eating fruit and what it means to support local agriculture with the Fresh From Florida logo. Lastly, students learned about blueberry production from the farmers of Kirkland Farms and were able to do their own blueberry picking.
The purpose of Agriculture Literacy Day is to help connect students with agriculture. Florida in the Classroom’s mission is to increase agricultural literacy through K-12 education in Florida. We want students to understand the value of agriculture and all of the work it takes to produce the food we enjoy. Our kick-off event celebrated agriculture being integrated into classrooms across the state through our Agricultural Literacy Day Book: Drive Through Florida Fruit. The book is free for teachers and volunteers to order through our website to read in classrooms across the state. For more information on ordering the book, please visit the Agriculture Literacy Day portion of our website. We appreciate all who take the time to help educate our youth about Florida agriculture!