Let’s Celebrate Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week

Nov 16, 2021


The importance of agriculture is beyond what many kids can comprehend. Unfortunately, not all kids have the opportunity to experience the farming lifestyle or to see the farm-to-table process. Unless we take the time to educate our children, they will never develop an appreciation for where their food comes from and the work that goes into getting that food into our grocery stores, school cafeterias, and kitchens.
 
​            “With less than two percent of our population actively involved in production agriculture, many students have no firsthand knowledge of how food is raised and produced,” stated Julie Giles, Executive Director of the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) and event co-chair. “Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to focus on agriculture and share valuable information in our local schools about how farmers grow and harvest the products that provide food, fiber, and fuel for our country.”
 
            During this week-long event, all segments of Tennessee’s agriculture industry come together to promote agricultural awareness and provide guidance and opportunities for new agriculture literacy programs in school systems. Agricultural advocates such as farmers, ranchers, industry representatives, and 4-H and FFA students pay special visits to local schools across the state to share their knowledge and experience and to read agriculturally-themed books.
 
Students will also benefit from hands-on lessons and follow-up activities. Visit Tennessee Ag Literacy’s website for virtual resources such as videos, books, lessons, activities, and more that are clearly organized by grade and agriculture topic area. For even more “at-home learning” resources, visit the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. You will find multiple agriculture and farming book suggestions and activities for kids to explore healthy eating and to learn where their food comes from.
 
Last year, nearly 8,000 students were reached in all 95 counties in Tennessee, and we believe we can do even better this year with your support and participation. If you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to Julie Giles at juliefacct@gmail.com or by filling out the form here.
 
For more content like this, check out the latest issue of the Cooperator.
 

Read More News

Sep 19,2022
When posed the question of which industry is the most dangerous, most Americans would not put farming near the top of the list. However, agriculture is an incredibly complex industry that presents many challenges for workers, including machinery accidents, hot and strenuous working conditions, animal unpredictability, chemical and pesticide safety concerns, and more. For these reasons, the agriculture sector is considered the most dangerous in the country, according to last year’s report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
Sep 12,2022
As colder weather approaches, rodents will be looking for a warm place to find food and build a nest. Unfortunately, for many farmers, that refuge will be their barn or shed.
 
Sep 06,2022
Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. They are not only a great source of vitamins and minerals, but they have also been known to lower blood pressure, alleviate digestive problems, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and prevent some types of cancer.