Our Adopt a Farmer program is designed to give agriculture a voice by connecting students to their rural roots. By pairing a middle school classroom with a farm or ranch for the entire academic year, students can build a relationship with their adopted farmer. Oregon Aglink funds a field trip to the farm for the students where they will see, hear, touch, smell and get a taste of what life is like on the farm. In addition to the field trip, the farmer visits the classroom 2-3 times throughout the rest of the school year to engage students in the science behind farming, while sharing his or her story of Oregon agriculture.

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In the classroom our farmers work with teachers to make sure activities tie-in to current curriculum. Our farmers have done activities related to soil, water, conservation, irrigation, genetics, farm-to-table continuum and economics. Oregon Aglink pays for the materials needed for Adopt a Farmer classroom visits. Teachers have their adopted farmer as a resource for students to realize that science is used every day in agriculture, which is such an integral part of the state of Oregon.

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With nearly 50 classrooms and farmers connected around the state, more students are engaging in agriculture through this program than ever before. This year, we are excited to have further expanded into southern and central Oregon!

For the most current happenings with Adopt a Farmer field trips and classroom visits, follow along on social media @adoptafarmer!

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For more information on how your farm or classroom can participate in Adopt a Farmer, please contact 503-595-9121.