State Reports

State Summary 2016 — Connecticut

State Contact

Ms. Martha Johnson
Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation
P.O. Box 3473
Enfield, CT 06083
P: 802.349.7339

Classroom Resources

Read Across Connecticut: Seed, Soil, Sun with educator Guide by Cris Peterson. We also did a Grow your own salad activity kit if volunteers wanted to include a hands on activity.

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

Read Across CT was our biggest accomplishment in 2016. While it isn’t a new program- we did set new goals that we were able to completely surpass. We have set even higher goals for 2017!

We also attended a new festival in Hartford, CT to teach kids how to make butter from scratch! This gave us a new interaction opportunity with the kids in the state. We are going to hopefully attend 3 different festival/fair/ conferences in 2017.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

We had a successful Farm City event this year where 120 students from attended Massaro Farms in Woodbridge, CT. The kids learned about planting, bees, soils, and animals.

We also implemented a Barnyard Bookshelf project where schools received a bookshelf (built by high school students at a Vo-Ag school) filled with agriculturally age appropriate books.This project was successfully fulfilled by Debbi Tanner and the Women's Committee through the CT Farm Bureau funded by the CTAEF.



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. Debbi has participated in 3 National AITC Conventions and 1 Northeast Regional Meeting. She is also a part-time sub para-professional at the local elementary school.