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New Jersey Agriculture in the Classroom

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New Jersey Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee

New Jersey farm women play a key role in the development of policies and programs and are active in all areas of the New Jersey Farm Bureau. Our mission is to develop agriculture leaders and public understanding of the value and need for agriculture in everyday living through public education and advocacy.

Agricultural Learning Center at the Fairgrounds

Kathy Cafasso is the Program Director at the Agricultural Learning Center located at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta, NJ. She creates and oversees the programming for students preK to grade 4, as well as developing materials for parents and teachers. Kathy is a retired teacher with 37 years teaching experience in the lower elementary grades. Her staff for the onsite programs consists of retired teachers, 4-H leaders and Sunday School teachers.

Learning Through Gardening

The New Jersey Agricultural Society's Learning Through Gardening program gives grants to preschools and elementary schools to build fruit and vegetable gardens and trains teachers to use the gardens as outdoor classrooms. There are currently 45 schools serving 19,000 students in the program, and new schools are added every year. The Learning Through Gardening online Teacher Tool Box includes 100 lessons that link the garden to math, science, social studies, language arts and health. The Teacher Tool Box and information about school garden grants is available.