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Living Ag Classroom Impacts Region's Children
September 18, 2006

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association and other ag organizations participated in the 2006 Fargo Living Ag Classroom held last spring at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.

The purpose of the event was to provide students a learning experience about where food comes from.

Most of the 2,100 children visiting the Living Ag Classroom have never been on a working farm, says Karen Hertsgaard, Coordinator of the Fargo Living Ag Classroom project.  The Living Ag Classroom was a wonderful educational opportunity for students within 60 plus miles of the Fargo-Moorhead area, and I know the teachers and students appreciated the experience.

Based upon the letters received by
Northarvest Bean Grower Home Economist, Lynne Bigwood, the event was indeed a success and had a tremendous impact on the students that participated.

Here are some of the letters that were received:

Thank you very much for sponsoring the Living Ag Expo in Fargo.  My fourth grade class attended and had a very educational learning experience.  The displays were excellent and the knowledge we gained about agriculture was very valuable.-- A Teacher at Central Elementary School in Wahpeton, ND

Thank you for inviting our class to the Living Ag Classroom.  We enjoyed all the booths and the information we were given was very interesting.  In fourth grade, we study North Dakota as part of our social studies curriculum.  One of the units is on farming in our state.  The Living Ag Classroom gave us an excellent review of what we studied!  Thank you for all the products we took back to school with us.  We appreciate your generosity. -- A Teacher at Central Elementary School in Wahpeton, ND

Thank you for showing us the beans and I really want to learn about more different beans and bean plants. -- Katelyn, a student from Oakes, North Dakota

The Norman County West 4th grade class would like to thank you for sponsoring the Living Ag Classroom.  Thank you for the handouts.  I like Dry Beans: Students Activities Book.  I learned more about beans and why people grow them and how they grow them.  Thank you for everything. -- Haley, a student from Hendrum, Minnesota

The bean game was fun because we got to be the farmer.  I got up to 100 dollars that was exciting.  The questions were cool because sometimes you would have to go up or down.  Thank you. -- Payton, a student from Pelican Rapids, Minnesota

Thank you for letting us play the bean game.  The beans were fun to see.  I liked to play the game that we had to move the beans.  The beans were cool and pretty.  It was fun playing and seeing the beans game.  I liked to see the different kinds of colors of the beans.  The beans were kind of different. -- Selina, a student from Pelican Rapids, Minnesota

I enjoyed the bean game when you moved the beans up and down to see how much money you would make.  I thank you for taking your time to teach us about beans.  I was amazed on how many beans there are.  I had fun time learning about beans. -- Trinity, a student from Pelican Rapids,

A drawing that accompanied one of the student's letters.


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