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Agriculture: Local to Global!
June 21, 2022 - June 23, 2022Free
Date: June 21 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., June 22 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., June 23 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Waconia, MN
Are agricultural products grown in Minnesota exported all over the world? Do Minnesota farmers provide food for our state’s citizens? The answer to both these questions is yes! This three-day tour will investigate both local and global agriculture and food systems. This tour is offered in partnership with the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE) and is funded through a grant from the National Geographic Society. Participants will receive a $300 stipend for attending this tour. Lodging and meals will be provided.
- Daily classroom sessions will enable teachers to use the context of agriculture to combine the Geo-Inquiry process and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in curriculum focused on the Minnesota State Social Studies Standards.
- Daily field sessions will allow teachers to directly interact with farmers and agricultural processors to gain an understanding of food production and its relationship with geography.
- Field sessions will include:
- Edible classroom and produce farm tours – follow locally grown fruits and veggies from farm to consumer
- Local vineyard and winery tour – investigate the geographic factors, science and management practices that allow Minnesota to grow grapes and produce wine
- Corn and soybean farm tour – Thalman Seed Company will share the latest technology in crop seed development, production and conservation
- Grain terminal and barge loading terminal – explore how corn and soybeans grown in Minnesota is transported internationally
- Anderson Historic Farm – explore the unique agriculture history that provided Minnesota with a variety of seeds hardy enough to grow in a Northern Climate