Ag in the Classroom
Fayette County Farm Bureau strives to provide Agriculture in the classroom. Fayette County has a traveling Barn that can be reserved by teachers for up to 2 weeks at a time. The Traveling Barn includes videos, farm animals, farm equipment, lesson plans, feed stuffs and other educational supplies. The Barn is delivered to the teacher’s classroom and picked up by a volunteer of Farm Bureau for free. Last year the Traveling Barn made it to five different schools in Fayette County as well as several other workshops and events. For more information on reserving the Traveling Barn for your classroom or other agricultural materials, please contact Carrie Johnson (859) 253-0023 or email Carrie.Johnson@kyfb.com.
Members of the Fayette County Women's Committee put together items for 2 Ag Literacy baskets that were delivered this fall to two Fayette County elementary schools. These school were chosen as follow -ups to the teachers attending the KY Farm Bureau Ag Literacy teachers workshop in the summer. The committee met and discussed themes for the baskets and them members help purchase items. The baskets were stuffed with lesson plans, books, puzzles, seeds and potting soil, gardening tools, crafts, toy farm animals and barnyard items, stickers etc. The committee plans to expand on this project and incorporate more schools in for next year.
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Ag Literacy Project
Students at Millcreek Elementary learned about direct seeding vegetables, transplanting into large containers, and care for their school garden provided by FCFB Women’s Committee. They found recipes and prepared classroom snacks during May using the produce from their gardening project.
Ag baskets were presented to the Arboretum Kentucky Children’s Garden for various classes like li’l Sprouts, Junior Master Gardner and school science classes. Items donated included garden tools, child-sized picnic tables/ benches, hand lenses, books and caterpillar-butterfly study kits for a study of crop pollination.
Annual Meeting/Fall Festival
Fayette County Farm Bureau held their annual meeting/ Fall Festival on Sunday, September 19th at Masterson Station Park Ag Pavilion. The event included 130 members and families. The meal was catered by the KY Cattlemen's Association. The afternoon was packed with fun fill activities including inflatable's, an Ag prize wheel for children to learn some Ag Education, Wii games with sports, A mock milking cow and a corn hole contest. Students from the Locust Trace FFA Chapter in Fayette County came to help with decorating, assisting at the inflatable's and conducting the corn hole tournament. The business meeting was conducted prior to the meal and lots of door prizes were given away.
Outstanding Youth & Variety Contests
Kentucky Farm Bureau offeres an Outstanding Youth and Variety Contest that is held at their State Convention each year in December. These contestants compete for a variety of awards and prizes. Each county in the state is responsible for selecting one boy and one girl for the Outstanding Youth Program. These students will compete at a district contest and the winners from the district contest will go on to compete at the State Convention. Participants must be between the ages of 15-19 years old and they must be a member of the county Farm Bureau that they are representing. They must prepare and deliver a 2-minute speech relating to Agriculture or Farm Bureau.
Variety contestants must be between the ages of 6 and 19 years old and a member of the Farm Bureau as well. The variety act can be a vocal, instrumental, dance or drama.
For more information about competing in one of these programs contact Carrie Johnson at 859-253-0023 or Carrie.Johhnson@kyfb.com.
Fayette County Farm Bureau held its 8th county-wide spelling bee on February 15th. 66 students participated from 23 private, public, parochial and home schools across Fayette County. 5th grader, Austin Booth from Athens-Chilesburg Elementary won 1st place and received $75.00 in cash and a trophy. Austin will go on to represent Fayette County in the KY Derby Festival Spelling Bee March 19th at the Papa Johns Stadium. 2nd place was awarded to Alexandra Whitley an 8th grader from SCAPA. 3rd place was awarded to Erin Christopher an 8th grader from Edyth J. Hayes Middle School.
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