Agricultural education for grades K - 12 is an
important focus of the Los Angeles County Farm Bureau. Many school children do not know
where their food and fiber come from. Due to budget cuts and a huge education deficit, the
Los Angeles County Farm Bureau works to provide an agricultural element to as many school
children as possible each year.
It is amazing to watch the faces of
children harvesting vegetables from their own school garden - or see a second grader touch
a live turkey for the first time! Teachers we have worked with praise the educational
value their classes receive by adding an agricultural element to their teaching
The different facets of our
agricultural education programs:
The Los Angeles County Farm Bureau in conjunction with the Agricultural Commissioner
Weights & Measurers of Los Angeles County, California Women for Agriculture Los
Angeles Chapter and the 48th District Agricultural Association joined forces to implement
In the Los Angeles area most children, as well as adults, know very little about where
their food comes from and the relationship between their own health, healthy food supply,
natural resources and maintaining a healthy environment. Urban children read books that
include farm animals and sing about Old MacDonald, but most have never been to a farm, met
a farmer or traveled outside their zip code. If future generations are going to care about
farms, farming and the preservation of a healthy food supply, they must be directly
exposed to the people and places that produce their food.
A study completed by the University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and
Education Program found that farm visits provide a perfect opportunity for students to use
all of their senses to learn, the more they can touch, smell and taste the things they are
learning about, the more deeply they will understand and remember what they learn. Not
only do the children learn about agriculture, but the education aspects include math,
science, language arts, social science and art and follow state education standards.
Gardens: Each year we assist two to three grade schools with the
implementation of their school garden. Our Farm Bureau is able to help schools with
- Farmday: Farm Bureau takes the farm animals and farmer
to the inner-city school children. We also work with the Dairy Council and their traveling
dairy cow classroom. The cow is always a favorite wherever she goes!
Conference Scholarships: Los Angeles County Farm Bureau will provide
scholarships for grade school teachers to attend Ag in the Classroom Conference.
Teacher Agricultural Tour: 2003 will be our 1st agricultural tour for Los
Angeles County schoolteachers. These teachers will have the opportunity to experience the
diverse nature of agriculture both in an urban setting and in the agricultural area of
Antelope Valley. Student research papers: Provide students with information on agriculture
within our county for school projects and research papers.
- Ag in the
Classroom: Is a non-profit organization that provides resource &
lesson plans which coincide with state standards to teach students about agriculture. This
statewide organization works with all school districts within California. Click here to visit their website.
This' story writing contest: Any student can enter grades 2nd through 8th.
To find out more please contact us!