“The Food & Farm Experience 2019” – Focusing on Career Exploration and Development for Student Counselors in all NY Middle and High Schools.
By Sandie Prokop
We have just sent out a mailing to all the members of the Rural Schools Association and all downstate BOCES, but we want to be sure information about the Food and Farm Experience reaches all areas in New York State. We look for a roster that is diverse in every way. Please reach out to every potential participant. If you need some brochures, just let us know! Brochures will be in the hands of county Farm Bureaus very soon. Let them know if you need some to share with your local school.
This two-day program will add tremendous dimension to the customary vision of agricultural careers. Agriculture and your locale are the direct beneficiaries of this program, which prepares career counselors to guide the next generation in career choices that are a win-win for the individuals, New York State, and agriculture.
This learning “Experience” is scheduled for Oct. 16-18 at The Radisson Hotel Corning in Corning, New York. There is lots to discover in the area for participants who would like to do a bit of exploring pre or post-conference. The FFX participants will have the opportunity to share with those representing the full breadth of agriculture during their two-day immersion. Tours will take them on-site at a variety of stops along the journey from farm to fork and get a feel for the multitude of career options available throughout agriculture. They will receive high-quality materials and resources that will provide for easy access to the core of New York agriculture and be exposed to panels representing agricultural expertise, jobs, education, and our future. An individual’s only investments are their time and travel to the FFX headquarters in Corning—but what they take home has a value many times that investment.