It Starts with Education

Food Security Begins with a Mindset

Few of us stop to think about food security (access to enough safe, nutritious food to live a healthy life) as the driving force behind a thriving economy.  Yet leaders throughout history have recognized that food shortages spell disaster for any nation.  In today’s rapidly expanding global population, food security is key to prosperity.  This is why nations invest in ...

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Ygy Extension Team Supports Regenerative Aggies

The Regenerative Aggie Scholarship Fundraiser helps students committed to regenerative agriculture. Donate at http://giving.nmsu.edu/RegenerativeAggies.html

     A big step towards our  vision of building sustainable farm networks was made possible in November with help from participating Youngevity Members and NMSU community donors.  On November 26, 2018 we held our first annual Regenerative Aggie Scholarship Fundraiser.  The date was strategically planned to take advantage of Cyber Monday online shopping, and Giving Tuesday community donors.   Outcome ...

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Food Security in the Classroom

Food Insecurity is a Barrier to Education Food insecurity is a growing problem in public schools, including college campuses.   In a nation that was once considered the bread basket of the world, even prominent media like the Washington Post are making note of growing food insecurity on campus.  Authors of a recent study out of West Virginia University (Reported in Nutrients. 2018 ...

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Opportunities for Extension in the Private Sector

Are You Aspiring Towards A Career in Extension? If your heart is set on working in the public sector, this article is not for you.  Please move on.  However, if you are finding public options too limited, you may want to explore opportunities that allow more time for your family, provide a more flexible work schedule, or allow you more ...

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Once an Ag Teacher, Always and Ag Teacher

Libby Hamilton recently shared her passion for teaching agriculture at Gadsden High School, in Southern New Mexico. After retirement, she continues to volunteer by mentoring new teachers, writing grants, and planning a farmer’s market.  Gadsden High School is in a low income community, where many families have only minimal access to fresh produce.   A farmer’s market would provide a community ...

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Education for Sustainable Living

What is Sustainable Living? Sustainable living refers to the adoption of lifestyles or cultures that support healthy and prosperous communities and healthy ecosystems for present and future generations.  Lifestyles are shaped through education.  Education that allows students to interact with their environment and experience healthy, prosperous living is more likely to produce sustainable cultures.  This essay compares educational trends observed in the 1980’s and today, highlighting ...

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Five Ways Teachers Can Recharge Their Batteries This Summer

Public School Teaching is Stressful. There has always been a special place in my heart for teachers. My parents both taught in public schools, and my first career was in education. Those teachers who influenced my own life held a love for their subject matter and carried the best interests of their students close to heart. However, I sensed early ...

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Public Education Will Succeed When We Stop Forcing Horses to Drink

Every Horse Lover Knows You Can Bring a Horse to Water, but You Can’t Make Him Drink. Horses will drink when they are thirsty, and students will learn when they have need of knowledge. Public Education is Built on the False Premise that We Can Make Unwilling Students Learn. In 1992, I left public education convinced the system was too ...

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The Trojan Horse of Mandatory Public Education

In the late 19th century, Americans from all walks of life recognized the value of a good education as the foundation of a free society.  It seemed self evident that basic skills like reading, writing, and math were skills that separated the rich from the poor.  Access to education promised a key to upward mobility.  So when mandatory public education ...

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How Science, Education, and Government Promote Widespread Chronic Illness

Illness changes the way a person views the world.  I’ve spent much of my life following “scientific principles”  and “medically approved recommendations” for health management and diet.  I always trusted public education to provide information that is helpful to individual citizens.   Remarkably, the only times I’ve reversed any long term illness have been the times I’ve given up on all ...

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