Teaching Materials

Find lesson ideas, discussion topics, and more.

Recent Posts

Knowledge Center Book of Workshops and Programs

We are excited to be able to offer a new pamphlet outlining all of our Workshops and Programs that are available.  You can view and download this by clicking on the image below.  If you would like a hard copy of this pamphlet, please contact the Knowledge Center team by emailing KnowlegeCenter@FCVirginias.com.
Read More

EIEIO Trainers' Guide

“The Trainers' Resource Guide was created for those who train beginning farmers and ranchers (BFRs). The typical training program usually has a good foundation in farm production skills, but overlooks financial literacy and business planning skills. This guide will help you add these vital skills to your training program, leading to sustainable success for your trainees' ventures.”
 
Read More

Where's The Beef? A Guide for Those Considering Buying Beef in Bulk

Local food is a huge movement right now, for many positive reasons.  Because of this, more and more people are exploring the option of buying beef in bulk - that is by the whole or half, rather than purchasing retail at the grocery store.  But is this the best option for everyone?  What are things that potential customers need to consider?
Read More

That's Amoozing! Dairy and Milk Fun Facts

Ice cream, yogurt, milk, cheese...what is your favorite dairy product? Milk is an amazing food...did  you know it contains more essential nutrients for human health than any other single food?
Read More

The Incredible Egg - Part II

There may still be a debate about if the chicken or the egg came first...but one thing is sure, eggs are a great source of nutrition!  In honor of National Egg Month...did you know all these facts?
Read More

I'm All Ears

Corn can be found in many different products that we use...from food to pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and industrials uses, it has an impact on many parts of our every day life.  This infographic shows some of corn's uses...
Read More

Ahoy Soy!

Harvest is in full swing!  Did you know that soybeans can be found in livestock food, human food, building materials, textiles and much more??
Read More

"The Fabric of Our Lives"

Cotton is a multipurpose crop...the majority is composed of seed which can be turned into oil, meal and hulls while the rest is fiber cotton.  Check out some of the things that can be made from one bale of cotton (480 lbs of cotton)...
Read More

That's Nuts!

Mmmm....peanuts!  Peanut butter, peanut soup, peanut snacks; these tasty little legumes have all kinds of uses!  Check out this infographic with some fun facts about peanuts!
Read More

We'd like to share this Activity and Coloring Book with you!

Learn more about an Activity and Coloring Book for children to learn more about 'Ag' -- hot off the presses!
Read More

West Virginia Farm to School

West Virginia Farm to School Community Development Group is a collaboration of West Virginians working together to create synergistic partnerships to advance farm to school efforts across the state.  They have resource for Garden Based Learning Curriculum and School Gardens, and best of all, its FREE!
Read More

From Farm to Fork - Beef Lifecycle

Producing the steak or burger that we all like to enjoy is not as easy as it may seem.
Read More

Happy Thanksgiving!

In honor of Thanksgiving and the turkey that many of us will be eating next week, here is an infographic about poultry in Virginia. Poultry is one of the largest industries in the state, with most of it located in the Shenandoah Valley area.
Read More

Its Fall Ya'll - Pumpkin Fun Facts

Happy fall everyone! This time of year is filled with all kinds of fun activities - including Halloween and Thanksgiving!
Read More

The Incredible Egg (and Chicken and Turkey!)

In honor of National Poultry Month, we have put together an infographic about poultry and eggs that can be used when teaching or sharing about the industry!
Read More

Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom Mini Grant Opportunity - Due September 3rd!

A program overview has been provided for download and printing.
Read More

Parts of a Plant - YUM!

In honor of National Farmer's Market Week, here is a quick lesson on teaching parts of a plant using food!
Read More

Soil Erosion in Action

We've all driven past that field that has just been tilled, that area that has just been cleared to build a house (or houses) or that section of forest that has just been clear cut. The bare dirt, or more accurately soil, that is left behind after one of these activities can be unsightly - but it is a larger problem that just aesthetics.
Read More

Everything But the Oink...

Yumm........Bacon! This is probably one of the first things that come to mind when people begin thinking about what comes from a pig - but the reality of it is that pigs are incredibly versatile animals!
Read More

Everything But the Moo....

Steaks, hamburgers and pot roast...when most students start thinking about what comes from a cow, these probably come to mind fairly easily. Its probably fairly safe to say that most would also tell you that milk, and maybe even leather come from cows.
Read More

Everything But the Baaa....

If a student were asked to name 3 products that come from sheep, the answer would probably be something like this: "Wool, lamb chops and leg of lamb"
Read More

A Cow Is A Cow Is A Cow - Breeds of Livestock

Breeds of livestock can be both exciting and challenging to teach. A cow is a cow is a cow right?
Read More

Welcome to the Educator Resources section

Welcome to the Educator Resources section of the Knowledge Center. We will be posting lesson plan ideas, teaching tools and other resources here to help formal and non-formal educators share the agricultural story with children, youth, and adults in a variety of ways!
Read More