More than 100 teachers from 40 Minnesota counties will join Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom today for the first of a four-part virtual agriculture tour to help educators learn and plan curriculum for the fall.

The tour, which had been done previously through in-person visits to farms and other locations around Minnesota in prior years, is taking place virtually this year over four dates:

  • Tuesday, June 23: Farm to Fork, including stops at Sleepy Bison Acres and Sleepy Eye Coffee Company in Sleepy Eye, MN.
  • Tuesday, June 30: School Gardens, including a stop at the Grow Our Own Project at St. Paul Public Schools.
  • Tuesday, July 14: Trees and Timber, including a stop at Dudek Logging in Bemidji, MN.
  • Tuesday, July 21: Honey and Crops, including stops at Sweet Cheeks Honey in Kilkenny, MN, and Biegler Farm near Lake Wilson, MN.

The tours will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. using a combination of Zoom and a private Facebook group to encourage interactivity. Teachers are also receiving resources and lesson supplies via mail.

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom is a public/private partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation that provides free curriculum, educational resources, grants, outreach, and professional development opportunities to increase ag literacy through K-12 education.

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