Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

Connecting Children to Agriculture

aka VA Agriculture in the Classroom   |   Richmond, VA   |  www.agintheclass.org

Mission

Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom's (AITC) mission is to educate Virginia's children about the importance of agriculture. Every year, AITC connects over 400,000 children to agriculture through meaningful experiences and education. Throughout Virginia, AITC is the number one resource for agriculture literacy and education professional development and awards for teachers, grants for schools, and curriculum resources for educators and volunteers so our next generation understands their connection to Virginia agriculture and natural resources.

Ruling year info

1992

President

Mr. Wayne Pryor

Main address

P.O. Box 27552

Richmond, VA 23261 USA

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EIN

54-1611426

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

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Professional Development for PK-8 Educators

AITC is an innovative educational program that uses agriculture as a medium to teach math, science, social studies and language arts. AITC provides professional development training workshops, lessons and classroom resources to educators in grades PreK-8 and to pre-service teachers in Virginia's colleges and universities. All programs are provided at no cost to teachers or schools. Educators learn about agriculture and take part in great hands-on lessons like Resource Roundup, Garden in a Glove, Discover an Acre and Funky Fraction Chicken. They also receive great lesson plans and classroom resources like books, videos, Virginia agriculture maps, and much more.

Population(s) Served

Providing Virginia teachers with great lessons and classroom resources is the standard for AITC and one of the reasons for AITC's continued growth and success. Each year AITC develops new lessons, activities and resources for teachers in grades PreK-8. The What is in Barn? engages learners in investigations and hands-on activities involving animals and plants. Participants will learn about the many people involved in the family farm, explore the barnyard with the AITC staff and leave with a basket full of ideas, activities and resources for their students. In addition to the new workshop curriculum, AITC is working on adding an online agriculture map to our website, building a My Virginia Plate unit that combines nutrition and agriculture information for educators and students and developing a new Sprout magazine for students that will also have nutrition information with agriculture facts.

Population(s) Served

The AITC website is key distribution and information site for teachers. The site has more than 175 lesson plans and activities and the lesson plan page is the most accessed page on the site. AITC has recently updated the site with a searchable lesson plan database making it more user friendly and efficient. New lessons, activities, videos and resources are added through out the year to provide teachers with new and up to date information.

Bi-annually, Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom distributes an education newsletter to every public and most private elementary schools in Virginia. Each newsletter has a different feature. Past features have included peanuts, dairy, corn, seasons on the farm, and many more. Each newsletter edition is packed with lessons, fun facts, classroom activities and more.

Population(s) Served

The purpose of the Teacher of the Year award is to recognize a Virginia teacher for his/her excellent job in incorporating agriculture into his/her core curriculum. Recognizing that agriculture forms the backbone for our daily lives, AITC celebrates those teachers who effectively integrate agriculture into their classrooms.

Population(s) Served

The Agriculture in the Classroom Mini Grant Program was created to support schools and organizations who strive to help students understand the source of their food and fiber and to help Virginia's school children gain a greater knowledge and appreciation of agriculture. Qualifying projects will provide students with hands-on, experiential learning about agriculture.

Population(s) Served

Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom partners with volunteers to connect children to agriculture at fairs and community events. To further assist volunteers in their outreach efforts, we created a resource room full of educational banners and handouts that service a variety of outreach efforts. Banners cover an array of topics including agricultural careers, animals on the farm, healthy food choices, and agricultural commodities. Volunteers can also request an assortment of place-mats, bulletins, brochures, "Diggin It" kids' pages, activity pages, and pencils. Additionally, our website features a volunteer tab with activity suggestions for a variety of age ranges and topics.

Population(s) Served

Our direct-to-student program delivers high energy lessons that emphasize STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) relevant to the agricultural industry. Delivered by professional presenters in school and after-school settings, the program bridges the agricultural education gap in Virginia's metropolitan and urban areas by establishing partnerships with urban schools and community-based children's programs. Each year, thousands of urban students experience the exciting science and technology utilized in Virginia agriculture through this program.

Population(s) Served

Our annual Agriculture Literacy Week event inspires volunteers from across the Commonwealth to read a selected book to elementary students. Copies of agriculturally relevant books are then given to classrooms to enjoy throughout the year. The event connects children to a farmer or volunteer who is engaged in an agriculture-related career. Thanks to our strong community of volunteers, annually nearly 50,000 children are exposed to the great story of agriculture.

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How we listen

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  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

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Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

Board of directors
as of 2/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Bertsch Cox

CFO, James River Equipment, Inc.

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mrs. Rose Jeter

Homestead Creamery

Term: 2019 - 2021

Wayne Pryor

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation

Rose Jeter

Homestead Creamery

Bertsch Cox

James River Equipment

Sandra Adams

VDACS

Justin Cruise

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Ruth Hopke

Southern States Cooperative

David Moore

Retired, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Ellis Walton

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation

Diane Fowlkes

Colonial Farm Credit

Kyley Clevenger

Farm Credit Knowledge Center

Susan Gaston

The Gaston Group, LLC

Cora Gnegy

Giles County Marketing Director

Bom Harris

Old Dominion Veterinary Services

Bill Henley

Montague Farms, Inc.

Faye Hundley

Virginia Farm Bureau Board Director

James Jennings

JF Leaf, Ltd.

Sarah Large

Cherry Hill Farm

Jessica Pittman

Louisa County Public Schools

Trevor Simmons

Southern States

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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