Georgia Foundation for Ag preparing to launch Ga Mobile Ag Experience
For the past year, the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture has been preparing the ultimate farm field trip for third through fifth graders. The twist is students won’t have to leave their schools; the farm will come to them.
The foundation’s Georgia Ag Experience - a mobile classroom housed in a 45’ long by 30’ wide trailer - is designed to give students the virtual experience of visiting poultry houses, peanut and cotton fields, peach and pecan orchards, cattle in pastures, timber stands, blueberry fields and horticulture nurseries with the help of colorful farm photos and interactive technology.
Students will learn how farmers plant and harvest their crops, take care of their animals and preserve the natural resources on their farms. There will also be a station highlighting the many career options in agriculture. All exhibits and lessons that are part of the Georgia Ag Experience have been professionally designed to meet science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) standards.
Beginning Jan. 4, 2021, the Georgia Ag Experience will hit the road visiting schools in South Georgia and make its way across the state by the end of next year. It will spend the first three weeks of January visiting schools in the lower part of Southeast Georgia (Georgia Farm Bureau’s 10th District) before heading to lower Southwest Georgia (GFB’s 9th District) for three weeks. From Feb. 15 - March 5, 2021, the Georgia Ag Experience will travel across upper Southwest Georgia (GFB’s 8th District). The mobile classroom will spend most of March in Middle Georgia (GFB’s 6th District).
The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture is partnering with county Farm Bureau offices across the state to arrange local mobile classroom visits. County Farm Bureau staff, teachers or school representatives interested in booking the Georgia Ag Experience for a school or community event, may visit www.gfb.ag/experienceplanavisit to access instructions for scheduling a visit and a list of dates the mobile classroom will be available across the state in 2021.
Please note that application forms on the Georgia Ag Experience website will not be live until Oct. 12.
Teachers or school representatives interested in working with their county Farm Bureaus to bring the Georgia Ag Experience to their school should first contact their local Farm Bureau office. Visit this webpage to access your local Farm Bureau’s contact information.
From Oct. 12 – 31, county Farm Bureaus in Georgia Farm Bureau’s 6th, 8th, 9th or 10th Districts may signup schools or community events for a mobile classroom visit.
The Georgia Ag Experience will visit schools in GFB’s 5th District from April 5-23, 2021, and will visit schools in GFB’s 3rd District from April 26 to May 14, 2021. County Farm Bureaus in GFB’s 5th and 3rd Districts will be able to sign up for visits in January.
The Georgia Ag Experience will visit schools in GFB’s 1st District from Aug. 18-Sept. 20, 2021 and will visit schools in GFB’s 2nd District from Sept. 13-Oct. 1, 2021. County Farm Bureaus in the 1st and 2nd District will sign up for school visits in April.
The Georgia Ag Experience will be displayed at the 2021 Georgia National Fair and Sunbelt Ag Expo. School visits will resume Oct. 25-Nov. 12 in GFB’s 4th District and from Nov. 15-Dec. 10 in GFB’s 7th District. County Farm Bureaus in the 4th and 7th districts will sign up for visits in July 2021.
For more information about the Georgia Ag Experience and a list of the ag organizations, agribusinesses and Georgia commodity commissions that are generously supporting the mobile ag classroom visit www.georgiaagexperience.org