New Jersey Elementary School Teacher Brings Agriculture to the Classroom
New Jersey teacher Ashley VanHaste brings agriculture into her third grade classroom in a variety of ways: there's a vegetable garden outside, perennial garden where students can watch the birds in the winter, and the newest addition are two Alpine goats. VanHaste's efforts recently won her the 2012 New Jersey Agricultural Teacher of the Year.
"I grew up on a dairy farm, agriculture is what shaped me," said the Green native. "I learned everything about life, responsibility, hard work, the way I lived and I wanted to make sure my students were also given those values in school.