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Support Agricultural Literacy – donate Seed Soil Sun


Here’s a worthy cause we’re supporting – it’s called Agricultural Literacy and it means teaching kids about where food comes from and how it grows.   They’re urging Marylanders to donate to school media centers the wonderful (and favorably reviewed) new book called Seed, Soil, Sun that’s perfect for grades 1-3, and if we’re so inclined, to volunteer to read the book to school kids.  The book costs just $10.

(Note:  Behnkes’ own Stephanie Fleming is a volunteer reader later this month and I’m hoping for some photos to show us her rapt audience!)

And here’s more about the book, from School Library Journal:

“This introduction to how seeds become food is a standout in a widely covered field. Clearly written in simple language, the narrative is often poetic as the growth of seeds planted in soil, watered by rain, and powered by the sun is explained. The photographs throughout are crisp and vibrant. The close-ups are stunning, from the fragile-looking leaf breaking through impenetrable-looking dirt clods to the fuzzy hairs of brand-new leaves, backlit by the sun.

The transformation of a corn seed that can be held between a child’s fingers into a mature plant that the child needs to stand on a step ladder to reach is succinctly accomplished in one paragraph and three photographs. The partnership of farmers and seeds, soil and sun is highlighted in this accessible explanation of this agricultural cycle.”

The Agricultural Literacy Project is a program of the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation.

Stephanie Fleming

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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