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'Thinking Critically about Farming, Food, and Sustainability'

Many consumers have questions about the food they purchase. Are certain food production practices harmful to our land, air, or water? What does it mean for agriculture to be sustainable? Are farmers good stewards of the earth? Does consuming meat or milk support animal cruelty? Does buying conventional produce or eating meat promote environmental harm? During this workshop, participants will investigate and compare sources of food and farming-focused information, try activities that exercise critical thinking and active discussion, and discover ways to critically explore agricultural and environmental topics in the classroom and beyond.

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Rhodora Collins
Email: rcollins@dekalbfarmbureau.org
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Person Type: Primary Presenter
State: Illinois
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Main Phone: 815-756-6361
Biosketch: Rhodora Collins started working at DeKalb County Farm Bureau in 1998 after working in environmental education. As agricultural literacy coordinator, she takes pride in building connections between teachers, students, and farmers. During the school year, she brings agriculture into schools by coordinating ag volunteers to deliver classroom presentations. In summer, she gives teachers first-hand ag experiences during her county’s Summer Ag Institute. Throughout the year, whether conducting workshops, developing lessons, writing articles, or guiding volunteers, she strives to reinforce the link between those who are not from farms and those who live and breathe agriculture. Rhodora earned a Bachelor's in elementary education from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1992 and a Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from Northern Illinois University in 2001. She continues to learn about food production by reading agricultural and science publications and farm blogs, touring farms and agribusinesses, and by constantly asking questions of farmers and scientists.
Organization/Affiliation: DeKalb County Farm Bureau