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Farm Bureau offers scholarship to local teachers

Teachers in Archuleta County: Farm Bureau is offering you a scholarship.

It is for a five-day course designed for teachers who have little or no agriculture background, but who wish to better their understanding of agriculture’s connection to our environment and society.

The teaching methods include presentations and discussions with experts, field trips with the opportunity to ask questions of the various presenters, and a full day hands-on experience working with a farmer or rancher in the area. Participants will also learn how to build a mini-greenhouse for their classroom. This is a very effective teaching method and will be one of the most interesting classes you will ever take.

You can receive two credits from CSU for taking the class. Members of Farm Bureau hope that, after you have completed the course, you will have a better understanding of agriculture and will be able to integrate agriculture and academic education in the classroom.

You will have a choice of where you go for your course. The first class is in Delta from June 14-18. The second is in Fort Collins from June 21-25. The tentative schedule is:

Day 1 — Learn the background and history of Colorado agriculture, food safety, environmental concerns, wildlife, biotechnology, resource materials and more. Classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Day 2 — A tour of farms and ranches, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Day 3 — Tours of farms, ranches and food production facilities. An evening barbecue.

Day 4 — Hands-on experience as a rancher or farmer. Walk in another person’s boots. Participants meet their hosts at the barbecue.

Day 5 — A workshop, which will be the natural conclusion to the week.

Information has been taken to local school buildings and is available for inspection.

To contact the Colorado Farm Bureau Association, call Bette Blinde at (970) 881-2902, or e-mail: bblinde@growingyourfuture.com. Check the website at www.growingyourfuture.com.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity. Members of the local Farm Bureau hope we will have a local teacher interested enough in agriculture and teaching the younger generation about us that they take this course. A teacher could also help a child decide his/her future after being introduced to what is out there for them in the ranching and farming business.

Just say “yes.” Go do it. Have fun. Come back and help agriculture in Archuleta County.

The next meeting of the local Farm Bureau is at 7:30 p.m. June 10 at the Extension Building.