Q: How did you help throughout the tour creation process?
A: At the time, I was planning a custom-designed agriculture tour in Ireland just for my students. I researched things I thought would be neat for my students to see in Ireland. I started looking up different farms or some of the main commodities that the country produces. From my end, I had to look at things that I wanted my kids to experience—like, I wanted them to see a sheepdog trial, because Ireland is very well known for their wool production.
Then, I’d speak to my person at EF, and she’d do the legwork to see if what I’d found was possible. I came up with the ideas of what I wanted my kids to see and experience, and she was the one to make it happen.
Q: How does it feel knowing a tour you originally planned just for your students is now available to everyone?
A: I’m so excited! I love that it opens the door for other agriculture teachers to take their students on these kinds of opportunities. Also, I felt really good about my private tour—but I looked at EF’s new Agriculture in Ireland tour, and it’s even better.
Q: How do you think agriculture tours like this one can help prepare students for the future?
A: I think it’s going to allow them to see agriculture beyond what they see at home or what they’ve learned in the classroom. A lot of students who come into my program, they’re not from a farming background. So for my students to be able to see production in another country, I think it will open their eyes up to see that it’s not just, “Agriculture is agriculture.” It’s different in other countries.