Can you believe we have made it to the “ber” months? I don’t mean the “brrrr” months, I mean September, October, November and December? This time of year is hands down my favorite! I love going to the apple orchard and picking out the most perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch. I enjoy the temperatures cooling down and the leaves changing. I enjoyed watching as the farmers work to harvest their crops from the growing season. With the fall quickly approaching, it is time to place your order for nuts and candies. As in years past, we will be ordering popular items such as mammoth pecan halves, giant whole cashews and colossal pistachios. New to our order forms is harvest medley trail mix, dark chocolate covered cranberries and spicy trail mix. Be sure to pick up an order form from the Farm Bureau today!
Prep, Freeze, and Cook preorder pickup: If you placed an order for our popular Prep, Freeze and cook meals, be sure to pick them up at the Farm Bureau office, 210 West Spring Street, Freeport, IL on September 10 from 5:00p.m. until 6:00p.m. If you have questions please call our office at 815-232-3186.
Conservation and Agriculture Partners (CAP) Seeks new Education Coordinator: Position Description
Flexible hours up to 40 hours a week coordinating the Agriculture-in-the-Classroom (AITC) program and related ag & conservation education/awareness activities for grades pre-K through high school in Stephenson County. Time is divided between classroom activities, outside programs, and preparation/administration duties. Primary program focus is grades K-6. Position is based in the Stephenson County Farm Bureau building in Freeport, with office space and storage areas provided. Summer hours are limited but include Summer Ag Institute, Stephenson County Ag Breakfast and Stephenson County Fair. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation with adequate insurance.
1. Answer requests from teachers and students for agriculture & conservation information and programs.
2. Work with teachers on how to use AITC materials (including workshops and Summer Ag Institute).
3. Develop and maintain AITC resource center for teachers enabling access to online resources, supplemental information while researching new materials and resources to benefit the program.
4. Schedule and assist with delivery of materials to teachers.
5. Develop rapport with teachers, administrators, CAP board, media and others via newsletters, electronic communications and personal contacts.
6. Work closely with CAP board, county Farm Bureau staff and IFB staff on resource needs and program development, including fundraising initiatives.
7. Coordinate annual programs including Teacher of the Year, Ag Adventures and poster contest.
8. Assist teachers with field trip planning, classroom visits by outside speakers and other means of promoting agriculture and conservation awareness.
9. Coordinate and collaborate with other organizations on mutual programs, including Earth Day in the Classroom, Keepers of the Land and similar programs.
10. Coordinate planning for quarterly CAP Foundation board meetings, including, budget oversight and activity reports.
11. Complete grant applications and reports as required. Attend required AITC training sessions and conferences.
12. Recruit and train volunteers to assist with presentations and other program activities
13. Other relevant duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree with teaching experience preferred, but not mandatory. Qualified candidate must be able to work independently, be organized and be able to communicate proficiently.
Compensation will start at $16/hour based on qualifications. Reviews to be conducted at 6 months,1 year and periodically thereafter, with appropriate raises given. IRS mileage rate is paid for documented business-related travel. Office provisions include laptop computer, printer, copier and other essential office supplies. Additional support will be provided through the Stephenson County Farm Bureau office.
To apply, please submit a Cover Letter and Resume no later than September 10, 2019 to CAP Foundation Attn.: Victoria Hansen, 210 West Spring Street Freeport, IL 61032
Sign up for Defensive Driving Today: Doug Sommer will be back by popular demand this fall to present the Defensive Driving Program! The two-day program will be held October 22 and 23, 10 am – 3 pm both days at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau building. Lunch will be provided both days. For successfully completing this course, you may be eligible for a discount on your COUNTRY Financial auto insurance. Cost for the class is $15/person for Stephenson County Farm Bureau members and $25/person for non-members. To register, contact the Stephenson County Farm Bureau at 815-232-3186.