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Upon return from a quick November weekend to visit family in Utah, I checked on my houseplants and to my surprise our Christmas Cactus was bursting with pink buds. This crazy weather has confused the cactus as much as me. I was rather excited to see the cactus blooming as we had missed the beauty of the desert flowers out west.
"The List Keeps Changing"
It’s hard to keep up with the changing landscape of food choices and make the right decision on what is best for our bodies. Back in the 80s and 90s, the media and marketers gave us many recommendations on just what to eat to stay healthy.
"That's what they Do!"
The smell of new crayons, the points of newly sharpened pencils and the cleanliness of the new backpack. Yes, I miss the beginning of the school year and the tradition of sending my kids out the door all excited to experience their first day of school. As parents, that’s what we do. Prepare our kids for the first day of school and to prepare them to receive an education that will prepare them for the future.
“Students get interested in things they’re exposed to”. Dr. Temple Grandin, keynote speaker at the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in June.
" Voice of a Farmer's Daughter"
As I glanced through my Facebook posts, I came upon this piece posted by my sister-in-law and knew I wanted to share it with you. While I am not a farmer’s daughter, I felt her experience after reading the post.
After a 30-year hiatus, I returned to Germany and Austria with my husband to celebrate our 30th anniversary. We had visited this region on our honeymoon and felt it would be the perfect way to kick-off the next 30 years.
My children travel a great deal and I often live vicariously through them as the thought of a 15+ hour flight doesn’t seem enjoyable to me any longer. I feel a sense of pride that something we did along the way inspired their love of travel and curiosity to learn about other cultures in the world.
What a Waste
I don’t order a lot online because when I do, there’s usually some crazy problem or it takes forever to get to me. Case in point was a sticker I ordered as a stocking stuffer that took 8 weeks to arrive (which was well after Christmas). I’ll take the blame as I didn’t notice it was being sent from halfway around the world.
As March approaches I am excited to leave behind the crazy weather of February and enjoy the traditions of March including leprechauns, the first day of spring, National Ag Day, daylight savings time (March 10th) and March Madness.
Recently, there has been a steady stream of news about customs and border patrol, although little is known or mentioned when it comes to the importance of that control as it relates to agriculture.
Last fall I had the pleasure of hosting some lifelong friends at our house for an extended weekend. The lead up to the visit included much cleaning, menu planning, tour ideas, shopping for groceries and more cleaning. Every “to do” list item was checked and re-checked, especially as it related to the food items.
Not a Dream
As the end of the year approached, it was time to get all of those last-minute tune-ups and check-ups which included one very interesting conversation about agriculture.
As we anticipate the celebration of Thanksgiving this month, we join many cultures in being thankful for the food provided by our farmers. No matter what your tradition is for Thanksgiving, whether it be football or turkey, it all originates from the farm.
Maybe Next Year
Corn and more corn, soybeans, wild turkeys, deer, cattle, a double rainbow and we hadn't even arrived yet.
I’m anxious to begin planting and hope my seeds and seedlings produce good results. I’ll think of this book as I plant, and I will also think about the seeds of knowledge our Ag in the Classroom presenters planted this school year. More on that topic next month.
Time seems to fly by year after year and only after looking back at some of the inventions from the past do I really sense how fast things are changing. It’s crazy to think of how long ago some things were invented and their continued impact today or their quick demise being replaced by another product.
Earth Day and Our Natural Resources will be the theme of our professional development workshop for teachers on April 17th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Learn new ways to incorporate the topics of soil, water, erosion and more into your curriculum during this two hour program held at the Cook County Farm Bureau.
Join the fun at our hands-on educator PD featuring the topics of seeds, eggs and embryology. Learn new ways to bring science, math and language arts to your curriculum using agriculture resources. Attendees will walk away with free resources and lesson plans. Pre-registration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 708-354-3276.
"Smell the Roses": This month features the holiday that some love and some loath. Whatever way you look at it, Valentine’s Day is hard to avoid. It’s also a huge economic boom often bringing in over $18 billion according to the National Retail Federation. Approximately one-third of that total represents floral sales, which falls just below candy and cards.
New Year, New Labels: With the new year often comes New Year’s resolutions. What are the most common resolutions? Exercise more, lose weight and eat healthier are often the frontrunners. Just how does one eat healthier? I say by reading the labels and, as one of our classroom presenters Toni teaches, eat as close to the farm as possible. I love that saying!
What toys do you get a child this holiday? It’s hard not to get caught up in the non-stop advertisements for toys and gifts. Television ads started the day after Halloween, newspaper pullouts blind us with toy ideas, December issues of magazines list the “Best Toys of the Year”, and then there’s the vast increase of catalogs found in our mailboxes every week.