2013 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award
Ms. Jenna McCann, Ms. Kathie Thompson, Ms. Tracy Haupt,
Ms. Jamie Christianson, Ms. Nancy Toberman
Merrimac Community Charter School, Merrimac, Wisconsin
The little town of Merrimac (less than 500) does not have a grocery store and fresh produce is not readily available; however, the town is surrounded by agriculture. The teachers were challenged to build a connection through experience. Their transformation began five years ago with the creation of a school garden and a partnership with local master gardeners. Today, each grade level at Merrimac School provides instruction and experiences that lay the foundation for understanding the different areas of agriculture.