What is a Domestic Study Away? A Domestic Study Away (DSA) is a non-credit experience that is 100% Student-Developed and Student-led. The Penn State Teach Ag! Society runs where a group of students travel to a State to explore the following:
- What does #AgEdu look like in other states? How is the total model of school-based agricultural education (Classroom Instruction, Youth Leadership Development <FFA> and Work-based learning <SAE>) uniquely provided?
- Who are the #AgEdu Stakeholders in the state? Specifically, what agricultural industry is being served?
- A unique yearly selected professional development topic! For #psuaged2WI, it is "Gender in the Agriculture Industry, Agricultural Classroom and Agricultural Education Profession.
This is a series of blogs capturing reflections from each day of the experience by one of the participants. The goal is to post the daily reflection 24 hours after completion of activity. Below is the second day reflection of Lisa Boltz (@MeMyselfandlkb), a member of the #psuaged19 cohort with a minor in Political Science. The reflection focus is the third official day of DSA in New Richmond, Wisconsin at New Richmond High School, Cranberry Discovery Center in Warrens, WI,
Welcome to day three of our Domestic Study Away to Wisconsin. Our adventures began at 6:30am as we commuted to the New Richmond High School's agriculture department, taught by Ms. Sauvola (@MrsSauvola).
Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center. Here we learned many new facts about the cranberry industry, such as the name, which originated from the sand cranes that were feeding near a wild patch of Crane-berries, as the Native Americans referred to it. During our tour we were escorted by Wisconsin Farm Bureau's Deb Raemisch to the Wetherby's Cranberry Farm where we spoke with Nodji, a third generation Cranberry farmer. She added valuable content regarding gender roles in the industry. When she inherited the Wetherbys she was a single woman that had just left her previous career as an English teacher, she spoke about the struggles she endured physically and mentally. Now after raising her family she aspires to pass on the farm to her grandchildren, making Wetherbys a fifth generation farm.
Accelerated Genetics and Foremost Farms. Joan Behr, with Foremost Farms, discussed the role that their cooperative plays in Wisconsin as it serves 1,300 Farms in the Great Lakes Region. Angie Lindloff, with Accelerated Genetics, informed us of the roles the company takes on as a premier supplier that prides itself in the quality of business they provide to cattle breeders world wide.
Our nightly reflection focused on the progress we made today in efforts continue the momentum through the remainder of the DSA. Keep tuned in to hear more about our amazing adventure, and please enjoy the video created by Macy (@macy_fisher) summarizing the days events!