‘The Farmer Grows a Rainbow’

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The Brunswick County Farm Bureau sponsored a special educational training event on April 15 for elementary educators from Brunswick County Schools. Curriculum coaches representing all elementary schools from the county school system took part in an orientation session related to the use of a new teaching kit, “The Farmer Grows a Rainbow.” 

The kit included multiple classroom lessons and accompanying physical activities for grade Pre-K through fifth grade that addressed nutrition and fitness education, along with core curricula.

“The Farmer Grows a Rainbow” was developed by North Carolina Farm Bureau’s educational program, “Ag in the Classroom.” 

According to its director, Louise Lamm, the lessons were developed to create awareness of the newest nutritional guidelines set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture (MyPyramid.gov) and to help students develop an understanding and appreciation for the source of all nutrition: the farmer. Development of “The Farmer Grows a Rainbow” was made possible through a grant from USDA and kits are being made available to schools throughout the United States.

Participating educators spent time investigating the general lesson for all elementary students, which helps to familiarize them with MyPyramid.gov and then studied lessons for specific grade levels. They were able to study printed lesson plans, view video clips of lessons being taught, and participate in selected activities, as their students will do.

Brunswick County Farm Bureau representatives Marsha Benton and Kay Coleman brought greetings to the group and pledged the support of Farm Bureau as teachers work to provide top quality and relevant lessons for their students. Beck informed the workshop participants that the Brunswick County Farm Bureau was donating “The Farmer Grows a Rainbow” kits to each elementary school in the county. Benton pledged the support of Brunswick County Farm Bureau members in the form of hosting class trips and serving as guest speakers for classroom activities. Lunch and refreshments for the session were provided by the Brunswick County Farm Bureau.

Farm Bureau is a private, nonprofit, grassroots organization that has been actively promoting farm and rural issues in North Carolina since 1936 through governmental relations, marketing, field representation, agricultural education, member services and other programs.

More information and complete content of “The Farmer Grows a Rainbow” can be accessed at www.agclassroom.org/rainbow.