Organic Valley today announced that Amy Parr of Cooperstown, NY, daughter of longtime Organic Valley family farmers Cliff and Patti Brunner of Sunnyslope Farm, was recognized as the 2013 New York Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year. On June 25, Parr will be attending the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
Parr teaches life science to seventh graders at Cooperstown Central School. There, students learn the scientific concepts of local and global ecology through the lens of agriculture, what Parr calls The Agricultural Expedition. From plotting acres on a nearby dairy farm to urging students to ask themselves “How do our food choices impact our health and the health of our planet?”, Parr’s students gain a better understanding of the ecosystems around them and farmers who support them.
Among other agricultural investigations, Parr has provided opportunities for her students to gain agricultural experience on her parents’ farm.
“I wanted students to have an introduction to agriculture and ecology and reinforce the knowledge of cycles in nature,” says Parr. “I wanted the students to look at the farm as a system.”
Additional information on the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference can be found at http://www.agclassroom.org/conference2013/.
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Organic Valley is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents 1,834 farmers in 35 states and three Canadian provinces, and achieved $860 million in 2012 sales. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, produce and juice, which are sold in supermarkets, natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. With its regional model, milk is produced, bottled and distributed right in the region where it is farmed to ensure fewer miles from farm to table and to support our local economies. For further information and to learn about Organic Valley’s 25 years of sustainable agriculture as it celebrates its anniversary in 2013, visit www.organicvalley.coop. Organic Valley is also on Twitter @OrganicValley and Facebook www.facebook.com/OrganicValley.