State Summary 2017 — Connecticut
Read Across Connecticut: Seed to Plant, part of the National Geographic Readers Series. We also did a grow your own bean seed activity kit if volunteers wanted to include a hands on activity.
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
Read Across CT was our biggest accomplishment in 2017. While it isn’t a new program- we did set new goals that we were able to completely surpass by reading in 163 classrooms! We gained some really valuable feedback from the participants on how we can continue to grow this program.
We also had various other classroom projects that volunteers were involved in getting ag into the classroom and we are working on growing these relationships throughout the state!
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
Students from 1,2 and 4th grade were brought out to a farm in CT to learn about various parts of agriculture. Volunteers were instrumental in providing this educational opportunity.
Approximately 3,260 students were able to start their own bean seed in 2017 and learn the steps that go along with growing a healthy plant!
My name is Martha Johnson and I serve as President of the Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation. I have been involved with the foundation for several years now and am excited about promoting agricultural education! I have a bachelor’s in accounting from Southern New Hampshire University and have been working in the agricultural lending field for 6 years now. This has been a great way to connect with folks in the ag education field.
Debbi Tanner serves as our volunteer ag in the classroom coordinator. Debbi was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mansfield, CT.
Her husband bought their own dairy farm in 1981, added bison in 1990 and transitioned to all bison in 2005. They are the owners of Creamery Brook Bison where they raise bison for meat and give educational tours to schools, private groups and also offer public tours on specific dates. Debbi has an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern CT State College ( now ECSU). She also has a masters Degree from UCONN in Education and Reading. Debbi is the chair of the CT Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee. As part of the CT WLC she is involved in distributing (with the financial assistance of CTAEF) ag accurate books, barn shaped bookshelves and a hands-on project to 19 schools in CT.
She is also a member of the following: Member of the American Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee Member of the Brooklyn, CT Ag Commission Member of the Northeast Visitors District BOD Member of MysticCountry BOD
Debbi and her husband have 3 daughters - a teacher, an educational para-professional, and a lawyer. They have 9 grandchildren, 6 of whom live on the farm property.
She is also a part-time sub para-professional at the local elementary school.