March 26, 2024

Minnesota educators looking for summer professional development opportunities are encouraged to register for Minnesota Ag in the Classroom’s (MAITC) Summer Teacher Tours. The tours, taking place this June and July, will provide participants with the chance to acquire new agricultural skills and knowledge to bring back to their classrooms.

“Whether you consider yourself an ag novice or expert, our Summer Teacher Tours offer unique hands-on experiences to learn more about this important Minnesota industry,” said MAITC education specialist Sue Knott. “Each tour highlights different examples of agriculture in action that educators can use to help teach their students core concepts in science, social studies, language arts, math, and nutrition in fresh ways.”

This summer’s tours include:

  • The Hands that Feed Us (Mankato, MN; June 18): Discover the journey your food takes from farm to plate by learning directly from the hands that feed us: farmers. On this tour, you will have the opportunity to tour and connect with those who are growing and raising food for not only their local communities, but the world.
  • Orchard to Market (White Bear Lake, MN; July 9): Follow the journey of locally grown apples and learn about how this tasty fruit is researched, grown, and made into delicious products in the Twin Cities. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at Pine Tree Apple Orchard, BIX Produce Co., and Bailey Nurseries.
  • Farm, Fiber, and Fabrication (Bemidji, MN; July 22): This tour will provide an immersive look at the fabrication and manufacturing processes that have ties to many ag businesses; how fibers like wool are used to create garments, blankets and more; and how local farms carry out their production and conservation efforts.

Tours are open to any Minnesota K-12 educator, regardless of previous agriculture knowledge or experience. The deadline to register is June 1, 2024, though early bird pricing is currently available through April 15.

For further details on each tour and to register, visit MAITC’s Summer Teacher Tour web page. MAITC is a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the MAITC Foundation that seeks to increase agricultural literacy through K-12 education.


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