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From Mushrooms to Blackberries- The Ag on Route 66 Summer Tour for Teachers Has Crossed the Finish Line

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:27:21 CDT

From Mushrooms to Blackberries- The Ag on Route 66 Summer Tour for Teachers Has Crossed the Finish Line Audrey Harmon is the State Coordinator for the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom program- and she is helping lead a tour in northeast Oklahoma this week, showing a group of Oklahoma educators about agriculture and how the food we eat is produced. Audrey is blogging for us on the Oklahoma Farm Report- and here is her report from the third and final day:

"The Ag on Rt 66 tour, with Ag in the Classroom, wrapped up on Thursday as educators made their way back to Kellyville. The day started with a tour of J&M Mushroom Farm in Miami. Everyone was amazed at how much science is involved in growing mushrooms. The tour was amazing and the best part was getting to visit with the 2017 Governors Achievement in Agriculture Award winner, Mr. Virgil Jurgensmeyer, a former educator and owner of J&M Mushroom Farm.

"Next the teachers toured the Coleman Theatre, a famous Rt 66 tour destination. While the teachers were amazed at the intricate details of the architecture, they were surprised to learn that even this theatre has an agriculture connection. It was one of the first "air conditioned" buildings with air that was circulated over frozen straw bales in the basement.

"One final beef meal, lasagna at the Pink House in Claremore, was on the menu for the day. And the teachers had a special treat as Mr. Andy Hogan joined us dressed as Will Rogers. He shared several of Will's quotes, many of which are still true today!

"After lunch we toured the Maritime Education Center at the Port of Catoosa, where Sheila Shook, the education coordinator, presented information on "Oklahoma's Seacoast." The final stop was at Meadow Park Blackberry Farm in Sapulpa. Their blackberries are delicious!

"The Ag in the Classroom program is thankful to the Oklahoma Beef Council and the other Ag Commodity groups who support the program and provide funds to ensure educators have experiences and resources to use as they teach AITC lessons in their classrooms! The State AITC Summer Conference is July 6. If you know a teacher, please direct them to the AITC website to register for this free conference- click here to jump there.



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