FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2018
Agricenter Educator Wins Award
MEMPHIS, TN --- Today, Tim Roberts, Agricenter International Director of Education and University of Tennessee Extension Agent, was the 2018 recipient of “Youth in Agriculture” award for his work in urban agriculture. Tennessee State University and Farm Credit presented this award at their annual Small Urban Agriculture Conference in Nashville on July 19, 2018.
Roberts won this award for establishing the Youth Education in Agriculture, Forestry, and other Natural Resources program at Agricenter International. The program has been built around the National Science Curriculum to assist schools and teachers in providing education in an outdoor setting. In most cases, the students are not only learning concepts, but they can see, touch, and smell what they are learning to enhance their education. Roberts said, “I am honored to be recognized for the many years of agricultural education work I have done at Agricenter. It is a blessing to be able to teach thousands of students a year about where their food and fiber come from.”
Agricenter’s program utilizes different activities to educate students from kindergarten to college with science-based learning about agriculture, forestry, and natural resources. Kindergarteners learn about fruits and vegetables at the Farmer’s Market. One student wrote, “I never knew that we eat roots.” In the plant exploration class, one student wrote, “I never thought about where everything in the store comes from.” Besides the eight daily classes teachers can choose from, Tim Roberts heads up the annual education events such as Energy Day, Ag Tech Career Forum, Farm Education Day, Safety Day, Ag Day Student Art Contest (formerly the Ag Day Poster Contest), and more.
Roberts received his B.S. degree from Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville and his M.S. from the University of Missouri - Columbia. Roberts has been in agriculture extension since 1994 in Tennessee and in Missouri. He began at the Agricenter in 2003 and has also served for six years on the Progressive Agriculture Board of Directors.
Agricenter International, a 1,000 acre farm, is a non-profit dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of agriculture. It has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates 10,000 students a year. For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777.