|Perdue Farms recently awarded a $4,700 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant to fund a Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) teacher workshop in Houston County. From left to right are Dr. Pat Witt, principal of Morningside Elementary, Jed Evans, GFB Foundation executive director, Donna Rocker, GFB AITC coordinator, Kay Miller, fifth-grade gifted teacher at Morningside Elementary, Mandy Tannehill, kindergarten teacher Morningside Elementary, Carol Baker, team leader at Perdue Farms, Lee Hix, unit leader at Perdue Farms, Wayne Talton, Houston County Farm Bureau president, and Ken Murphree, GFB field representative.|
Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, May 28, 2015) – As part of its ongoing commitment to education, the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation recently awarded the Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation a $4,700 grant to conduct teacher training for its Agriculture in the Classroom curriculum in Houston County. The Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.
Twenty-four teachers from Houston County schools participated in a one-day workshop at Perdue’s facility in Perry. Educators attended a classroom workshop and visited a local farm.
“At Perdue, we are pleased to lend a hand through this grant to provide teachers the training needed to reach students in Houston County through the Agriculture in the Classroom program,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. “Ag in the Classroom brings a unique opportunity to expose students to the importance of agriculture, including an understanding of where much of our food comes from and the industry’s impact on their region.”
Georgia Agriculture in the Classroom is part of a nationwide effort to help teachers and students understand and appreciate agriculture, which is the largest industry in Georgia and the nation. Agriculture contributes approximately $72.5 billion annually to Georgia’s economy, according to the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. The program’s mission is to increase agriculture literacy among children and the general public. It provides tools for more effectively teaching agriculture and its role in an interdependent society, and to assist Georgia’s educators in implementing the instruction of agriculture-related concepts in the classroom.
“We’re pleased to have the support of Perdue Farms and the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation,” said Jed Evans, GFB Foundation for Agriculture executive director. “This generous donation allowed us to train Houston County teachers on using Ag in the Classroom activities to teach their students about agriculture while meeting required education standards.”
As Carol Baker-Dunn, a team leader at Perdue Farms in Perry and chair of the Houston County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, explains, “The role of agriculture impacts everyone in some way. The partnership between Perdue, the Georgia Farm Bureau and Houston County schools serves a valuable role to help students understand where their food comes from and the processes that are involved in getting that food from the farm to the dinner table.”
About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN PREMIUM® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms at www.perduefarms.com.
About The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture.™