Farm Bureau to read in schools

From contributed reports
As the National Agriculture Week is celebrated this week, the Rappahannock County Farm Bureau will join Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) and volunteers across the state in reading “Ready, Set, Grow! A Tour of Virginia Farms and Agriculture” to students learning about agriculture in the commonwealth.

The “Ready, Set, Grow!” book introduces Farmer Ben and his dog, Sandy, who take readers on a rhyming, picturesque tour of Virginia farms, from a poultry farm to a greenhouse and nursery, corn fields and horse farms.

“We are very excited about this event. Having members of the agriculture community in classrooms across the state is a great opportunity for teachers and students to learn about agriculture from those who know it best!” says AITC executive director Karen Davis.

The Rappahannock County Farm Bureau will be reading for kindergarteners to third-graders at Rappahannock County Elementary School, Wakefield County Day School and Hearthstone. “This will be such a wonderful week for young children to learn more about agriculture in Rappahannock and some of our family farms. AITC also gives supportive materials to teachers,” said Washington’s Ashleigh Cannon Sharp.

AITC is Virginia’s teacher resource for training, materials and lessons on Virginia agriculture and natural resources. It is part of a nationwide effort to help teachers and students understand and appreciate agriculture — Virginia’s and the nation’s largest industry.

For more information, contact the Rappahannock County Farm Bureau at 540-987-8225 or visit the AITC online at

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