The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build awareness and understanding of agriculture through education. The Foundation’s special project, Purple Plow, provides resources to teachers and their students, helping them better understand the science and technology involved in food and fiber. The program is made possible through the generous support of its title sponsor, Corteva Agriscience, a division of DowDuPont.
The Purple Flow Challenge helps teachers and students learn:
- That the topic of agriculture can be interesting and engaging
- More young people may be interested in related STEM careers
- To be informed about one of the most important industries for a sustainable society
Each challenge comes with a facilitator’s guide, student guide, a lesson plan packet and a judging rubric. Here is a link to the current challenge: https://www.purpleplow.org/challenges/pollinator-challenge.
You can access the Foundation’s Purple Plow Puzzlers, which are shorter challenges ranging from one to three hours in length: https://www.purpleplow.org/puzzlers.
Richland Soil and Water Conservation District
The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District, located in Columbia, S.C., promotes the wise use and care of natural resources for long-term sustainability. The district provides several programs, resources, and opportunities for Richland County teachers, environmental educators, and students which introduce youth to nature and encourage environmental responsibility.
Please click here to download their most recent Educators’ Guide to Pollinator Conservation for Grades 1-6: Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?
This educators’ guide to pollination and pollinator conservation provides background information and lesson plans for teachers, parents, and informal educators to lead engaging, hands-on learning experiences for students in grades one through six. Activities are aligned to South Carolina science academic standards.
For questions and additional information please contact Chanda L. Cooper at cooper.chanda[at]richlandcountysc.gov.