How Does a Teacher Receive an Award from the County Soil and Water Conservation District?

They do with they lead an engaging Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture course!

Foxcroft Academy’s Julie Willcott was recognized by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District as the 2015 Outstanding Conservation Educator of the Year.

Julie’s Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture course provided a dynamic opportunity for FA students to gain direct, hands-on experiences working in and learning about agriculture. The course provided dual enrollment at Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC), which earned students college credit at the conclusion of the semester course. This course and the Greenhouse Management course, which was co-taught with Foxcroft Academy teacher Jack McLeod, offered a wide variety of learning experiences for students as they toured and visited local agricultural enterprises, designed and managed an on-site greenhouse and learned about practical plant biology, chemistry and real-world applications to science normally taught in a classroom setting. While visiting Spruce Mill Farm in Dover-Foxcroft with her students, Julie mentioned “how exciting it was to witness the kids connecting with their community through local agriculture. It was encouraging for them to see young people like themselves producing food and being successful.”

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