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FTW alumni educator reaches out at NWO Symposium

Nov 23, 2016
Feed the World alumni Donna Meller led an outreach event, “Creating a Sustainable World: Ethanol as an Alternative Energy Source”, at the NWO Symposium, held at Bowling Green State University in November. Meller focused on how educators can integrate agriculture into the science classroom and why this is an important connection for the students. Many fields of science are used in agriculture and teachers need to be aware of the caree…

From agronomist to teacher, Liston sees importance of ag

Nov 23, 2016
Tolles CTC’s Mike Liston is a classroom teacher with extensive background knowledge about agriculture. He has an agronomy degree from the Ohio State University with a focus on turf grass, crops and soils. Before becoming a teacher, he worked with Chemlawn and did property maintenance and landscape work for Nationwide Insurance. Liston said he decided to get into teaching because he enjoyed training employees and working with youth. Liston sa…

Classroom connections to the wide field of agriculture

Nov 23, 2016
Ashley Thompson teaches agriculture science at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. Her day covers a variety of classes, from plant and animal science, to ag & industrial power and welding, to livestock selection and management, and finally greenhouse and nursery management.  Thompson said she thought the workshop did an excellent job of linking science and agriculture. “The materials allow teachers to leave feeling prepared and confident in sharing this information with their…

What kind of soil do worms prefer?

Nov 9, 2016
Christina Howard, Black River High School agricultural education teacher & FFA advisor, conducted the Feed The World soil labs with her Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources classes and her Animal and Plant Sciences class.   Prior to the labs Howard’s class talked about the advantages and disadvantages of conventionally treated soil. The students set up a pan with both types of soil, separated by cardboard, then lifted the cardboard and let …

Corn connections between classrooms

Oct 28, 2016
B. J. McMahan teaches sixth grade science in Marietta, Ohio, a semi-rural area. McMahan said, “While many of our students have seen or visited a farm, few have any working knowledge about aspects of farming. Truthfully, neither did I!”  She saw the Ohio Corn and Wheat-sponsored Feed the World workshop as a great opportunity to expand her horizons, and in turn, those of her students. “I decided to bring along Ginger B…

Those tiny organisms mean good water quality!

Oct 19, 2016
Mike Liston teaches in the Environmental Management program at Tolles Career and Technical Center. He recently took his environmental science students outside to check water quality in the creek on school property. The students did an initial check to practice collection and identification. “I find that if I get the students outside to do a practice run first, the students seem to get more out of the lab,” Liston noted. To d…

Lots of food for thought at ag camp

Oct 13, 2016
Elizabeth Roche is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Cuyahoga County at Ohio State University Extension. This summer she helped lead the Food for Thought Ag Camp in Cleveland, a collaboration between Agriculture and Natural Resources and 4-H. The camp was held at the Cuyahoga County Extension office on the east side of Cleveland, with field trips to Kinsman Farm and the City Club. 9 children in grades 6-8 attended, …

Instructional coach spreads urban ag learning from Feed the World workshop

Sep 15, 2016
Kathleen Hickson is an Instructional Coach for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD). She works with teachers and staff to determine goals, locate and create curricular resources, provide professional development, and model instructional strategies. Hickson said, “Our goal is to help each student, pre-K through grade 8, to achieve academically at the highest possible level.” This summer, Hickson attended the Cleveland Feed the World workshop. “I enjoyed learning more about urban …

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