Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Agricultural Education Is Green

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Agricultural Education Is Green

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Since their inception in the 19th century, high school agriculture education programs have been advocates for innovative agriculture practices. These innovations were usually based on the long-term sustainability of agriculture and the family farm. Agriculture education curriculums have always stressed the concepts of saving energy, renewable energy, water conservation, soil conservation, recycling, reusing, composting, and overall conservation. To borrow (and modify slightly) the words from a 1980s county song, agriculture education was green (when green wasn't cool) (Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan: I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool).

In this issue of The Agricultural Education Magazine you will learn how a number of agriculture teachers are incorporating green principles, including sustainability, into their high school curriculums. Joe Green, a teacher at Pope High School, Marietta, Georgia, shares his lesson plan for Earth Awareness Week. Students inquire into topics such as GMO foods, carbon footprint, community supported agriculture (CSA), organic foods, fair trade, and water recycling to name a few.

Drs. Alston and English highlight the green initiatives of five high schools in North Carolina. Their efforts have included the manufacture of biodiesel; development of a an aquaculture/hydroponics unit; recycling aluminum, paper, and plastic; development and maintenance of a school garden, and raising rainbow trout. Many of these initiatives received grant funding to support their efforts.

As teachers we all take advantage of paper and copy machines. I will be the first to admit that I make my share of copies to distribute to my students. Tiffany Morey, an agriculture teacher at Essex County Vocational Technical School (NJ) discusses her efforts to eliminate "paper" from her program. She has accomplished this by utilizing various technologies into her classroom and curriculum. …

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