Media release - Hands-on learning at Agricenter 7-11-18


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July 11, 2018

Students Have a Farm-to-Table Experience

MEMPHIS, TN --- Over 500 students, in small groups, experienced hands-on learning at Agricenter throughout the months of June and July.  The students from the Superintendent’s Learning Academy, a program of the Shelby County School system, learned about the science of wheat and bread as well as observation skills in nature. 

Eighth grade students harvested wheat from Agricenter’s farm, learned about chaffing, grinding, making wheat flour, and the botany of wheat.  They made the dough rise and learned about the chemical process of yeast.  They also enjoyed learning about the history of wheat, commercial milling, food safety, and commercial production of bread. 

Tim Roberts, Director of Education, adds, “This is the first year Agricenter has offered this program and is one of the many ways we reach 10,000 students a year.” 

Sixth and seventh grade students learned math and engineering in a program called Observation Skills in Nature.  They learned nature’s secret code, made fly catchers, observed symmetry in nature, and learned about Fibonacci numbers.

Melisa Knirr, Educator of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources, said, “We are delighted to teach these students about the wonders of nature through agriculture here on our farm.”


Please mark your calendars for:

FFA Field Day - September 19, 2018.  Teachers must RSVP through this webpage (this is not just for FFA students but anyone interested in agricultural careers):


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 or call 901-757-7777.


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