2010 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award
Ms. Christi Paulson
Riley Elementary, Utah
Food is definitely my life passion. One of my main goals is to share this passion with my students. They need to appreciate the work it takes to put food on our tables and the value of our farmers and farmland. When student grow their own food, they are more likely to eat it and try new foods. This is the only way we will be able to save our heritage. The student population in my school and classroom is rich in ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity. I used the concepts of farming, gardening, plants, and insects to integrate agriculture into the Utah core curriculum of math, science, social studies, and healthy lifestyles through our schoolyard garden, and share it with the entire school. Having easy access to the garden has provided us with the hands-on experiences the students need to internalize and deepen their understanding of our food systems.