Pictured: Kyle Sturgis reads to a Pre-K class at Occohannock Elementary School.


Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom celebrated its annual Agriculture Literacy Week March 18-22, and volunteers from Northampton Farm Bureau were among participants.

Justin Colson, Mark Newman, Kyle Sturgis, & Ursula Deitch of Northampton County Farm Bureau joined volunteers from more than 84 other county Farm Bureaus, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Farm Credit, local FFA chapters and other agriculture organizations to read books about agriculture in their local schools.

Many read the book Right This Very Minute by Lisl H. Detlefsen and donated copies to school libraries. The book was selected as the 2019 Virginia AITC Book of the Year. Having members of the agriculture community in classrooms across Virginia “is a great opportunity for students and their teachers to learn about agriculture from those who know it best,” said AITC Executive Director Kelly Pious. “The number of Farm Bureau volunteers, state agriculture officials and others who step forward each year to read to children in their communities is simply incredible.”

Virginia AITC is part of a nationwide effort to help teachers and students understand and appreciate agriculture, which is Virginia’s and the nation’s largest industry. The program provides an opportunity for children to connect to agriculture through volunteer-led activities, school grants, educator professional development and web resources at AgInTheClass.org.

The AITC program is funded by donations received through the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. For information on supporting the foundation’s educational initiatives, visit AgInTheClass.org and click on the “Donor” link.

Northampton County Farm Bureau is one of 88 county Farm Bureaus in the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. With 129,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus, VFBF is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to supporting Virginia’s agriculture industry.