February Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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Farm and Food Book Week

Farm and Food Book Week!

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) is excited to present the second annual Minnesota Farm and Food Book Week! During the week of February 14-18, 2022, classrooms can join us on Zoom for virtual agriculture-themed book readings by special guest readers. Visit our website for date and time options. Guest readers include: 

  • Zoe Adam, U of M Gopher Student Athlete
  • Phyllis Alsdurf, Minnesota Author
  • Patrice Bailey, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Assistant Commissioner
  • Anna Euerle, Princess Kay of the Milky Way
  • Peggy Flanagan, Lieutenant Governor
  • Emily Hansen, U of M Gopher Student Athlete
  • Zach Johnson, Millennial Farmer
  • Alan Page, Retired Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and retired MN Vikings football player
  • Thom Petersen, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner
  • Phyllis Root, Minnesota Author
  • Dalvin Tomlinson, Minnesota Vikings Player

Classrooms that register and attend will be entered to win one of five book bundles ($200 value each).

Register Today!

February Virtual Field Trips

Bongards Virtual Field Trip

THIS Friday, February 11, 2022 at 1 p.m.

Bongards Creamery in Perham, MN

Zoom Registration

Have you ever wondered how milk is made into the cheese we enjoy? Join us to learn more about the process of turning milk into cheese with a virtual field trip to Bongards, a Minnesota-based farmer-owned cooperative that has been crafting premium dairy products for over 110 years. **This tour will include both live video in the cheese plant and an 8 min prerecorded video tour that shows the entire process.

Pollinator Center Virtual Field Trip

MONDAY, February 28, 2022 at 9 a.m.

Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

Zoom Registration

Bees and other pollinators are essential for plant, animal, and human health around the world. Join us on a virtual field trip as we visit Ping Honzay at the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center in Chanhassen, MN. Students will learn about the life cycle, habitat, and importance of pollinators in agriculture and the natural world. They will get to see real examples of how bees are cared for, as well as learn some uses for honey, wax, and other bee products. 

Outstanding Teacher Award Winner

Tiffany Kobbermann

Tiffany Kobbermann, a Family and Consumer Science teacher at Minnewaska High School in Glenwood, MN, has been selected as the MAITC 2022 Outstanding Teacher Award.
In her application, Kobbermann shared that "all of my lessons are agriculturally based. I believe that students need a well-rounded perspective of agriculture. My hope is that my students will share the positive things they learn with their friends and families and the circle of learning will continue to grow."
Kobbermann will receive a $500 stipend and up to $1,500 in expenses to attend the 2022 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York in June 2022.

Ag Trivia

Feburary Trivia Question: Which Minnesota author wrote the book Anywhere Farm?

Send your answer to sue.knott@state.mn.us. The first two people to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable MAITC bag.