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June 6, 2017

Destination Ag receives $1 million

The Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation has committed $1 million during the next four years to continue the "Destination Ag" program at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Destination Ag, in operation since September, connects students and teachers to the importance of agriculture and natural resources in their daily lives. Last August, the Langdale Foundation announced a $250,000 gift to the ABAC Foundation to launch a major agriculture and natural resources literacy program at the museum. Since then, Destination Ag has touched the lives of 5,000 elementary students in Tift, Colquitt and Cook counties. "ABAC and the staff at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture exceeded our expectations during the inaugural year of Destination Ag's operation," said Donnie Warren, Foundation executive director. "They are raising the bar for agriculture and natural resource education in our area." Museum Director Garrett Boone said the additional funding enhances the educational mission of the museum, which became a part of ABAC in 2010. "For the past nine months, the Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation has allowed us to provide a dynamic, living laboratory through Destination Ag that showcases agriculture and natural resources by offering transformational experiences to children and teachers across South Georgia," Boone said. Key components of the program include hands-on museum field trips for the young learners focusing on the value of agriculture and natural resources with an emphasis on careers. "By taking part in Destination Ag, these kids know where their lettuce and tomatoes and beef come from," said Wesley Langdale, the Foundation's chairman. "Everyone in this country wants safe food. Our kids need to know that we grow our own." Boone said that as the program develops, students in second through fifth grades will be added in the counties of Berrien, Irwin, Turner, Ben Hill and Worth.
March 11, 2020

ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture Offers Camp Wiregrass for Kids This Summer

Exploring worlds of old and new, creating crystals, making solar powered s’mores, and learning to use a compass are a few of the activities that children can enjoy during Camp Wiregrass sessions this summer at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture. Children from 4 to 12 years old can experience these and many more adventures when they explore Georgia agriculture, history, and natural resources this summer. Registration for all sessions of Camp Wiregrass will be available beginning April 7 at 9 a.m. Registration can be completed online at abacgma.eventbrite.com. Discounts will be available for multiple siblings attending camps. “Camp Wiregrass provides a fun, interactive environment for children to engage in hands-on activities, games, and crafts,” Museum Assistant Director Sara Hand said. “Each camp offers unique activities and themes tailored to each age group.” For children 4-6 years old, “Young Scientists” and “Down on the Farm” are the two sessions available for Munchkins campers. Both camps will run from 8 a.m. to noon each day with drop off from 7:30-8 a.m. and pick up from 12-12:30 p.m. The cost of each camp is $60 and includes a snack, t-shirt, and all supplies. Campers will be going home before lunch. During the “Young Scientists” session on May 26-29, campers will transform into young scientists and create crystals, make machines out of found items, and learn the very basics of computer coding by making binary bracelets. “Down on the Farm” is scheduled June 16-19 and offers campers the chance to learn about the wonderful things that agriculture provides in everyday life. Children will experience tasks that farmers undertake and get hands-on sessions with crops and animals. Children will milk a robotic cow, shear a shaving cream sheep, work in the garden, build a miniature house, and more. Camps are also available for Explorer campers for those children 7-9 years old and Trekker campers for those who are 10-12 years old. Each of these camps runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with drop off from 7:30-8 a.m. and pick up from 3-3:30 p.m. “Westward Bound” and “Wilderness 101” are the two sessions available for the Explorer campers. The cost of each camp is $110 and includes a snack, t-shirt, supplies, and afternoon water games. Campers must bring a sack lunch. “Westward Bound” for Explorer campers is set for June 8-12 and offers children the chance to embark upon a covered wagon journey of their own. The year is 1863, and the camp has decided to take up the call of the Homestead Act to move westward. Explorers will learn trail skills to help them on their way such as campfire cooking, reading trail signs, first aid, and animal husbandry. This immersive camp will teach campers about history, outdoor skills, team building, and more. “Wilderness 101” runs from June 22-26. During this camp, the 7-9-year-olds will learn to follow their instincts and discover ways to survive in the wilderness. On each day of the camp, children will explore nature and strengthen their survival skills. By learning how to make a fire, build shelters, use compasses, and make solar powered s’mores, campers will become more confident and comfortable in the wild and develop valuable skills. Trekkers can enjoy “Out of the Blocks” scheduled for June 1-5. During this camp, the 10-12-year old participants will experience all the joys of Minecraft in the real world. They will meet many villagers, including the blacksmith, as well as catch fish, plant crops, make crafts, and meet many animals, just like they would in the game. For more information on Camp Wiregrass, interested persons can contact Hand in the Museum’s Education Department at (229) 391-5208 or at museum@abac.edu.
March 23, 2020

Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation, Inc., Continues Support for Destination Ag at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture

This year over 16,000 students from 12 different South Georgia counties have had the opportunity to learn about agriculture through the Destination Ag program at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture because of past contributions to the ABAC Foundation from the Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation, Inc. Now, the Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation, Inc., has continued its support with a recent check presentation to Garrett Boone, Director of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture. "The Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation is proud to help support Destination Ag as the instructors educate our children at an early age and expose them to agriculture and the working forest,” Donnie Warren, Executive Director of the Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation, Inc., said. “We appreciate ABAC for what they are doing to enhance the opportunities of young people in our region and state."  The Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation, Inc., has enabled ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture by contributing annually over the past five years to the ABAC Foundation to engage guests in the past and present of agriculture and natural resources through Destination Ag. With this support, Destination Ag provides experiential learning opportunities for the next generation of agriculture and natural resource leaders.  In the past year, Destination Ag has expanded to include Valdosta area schools to serve a total of 12 counties across South Georgia. Boone said the mission of Destination Ag is to be a dynamic educational program connecting students and teachers to the importance of agriculture and natural resources in their daily lives. “This mission is implemented through hands-on experiences and a focus on career paths in these industries,” Boone said.  “Destination Ag provides educational activities directly focused on agriculture and natural resources taught by ABAC students.”
February 10, 2020

Georgia Museum of Agriculture takes two top awards

Two of the top awards at the annual Georgia Museums/Alabama Museums Association Joint Conference belong to the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture, according to a press release. Museum Curator Polly Huff brought home the 2020 Best Museum Exhibition Award, Category One, for “One Small Step: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing Day and Everyday Life in 1969” and the 2020 Special Project Award, Category Two, for “A to Z: A Story of Hope, Healing, A Book, An Exhibit, A Springboard,” the release states “It’s a real honor for me to accept these awards on behalf of the Gallery at the Museum,” Huff said. “The Exhibition Award recognizes outstanding achievement in projects with a budget below $1,000 by the institutions, friends, and supporters of the Georgia Association of Museums (GAM). The Special Project Award encompasses projects with budgets below $25,000.” On the “One Small Step” project, Awards Committee Chair Christy Crisp of the Georgia Historical Society said, “The decision to use existing college archival materials and collection items from the 1960s to round out the exhibit, and also the community-sourced Moon Landing objects were particularly interesting and resourceful aspects of this project. This was a creative project that seems to have expanded the museum audience.” Huff said the “One Small Step” exhibit was built around a Moon Landing Day letter written by then-ABAC President Clyde Driggers. Huff collaborated with NASA to display images, audio, video, and written journals from the Moon Landing and led a crowd-sourced effort which produced some unique exhibit items. Brittany Bass from Arcadia, Fla., and Jason Gentry from Blakely were the ABAC interns assisting on the project. Of the “A to Z” project, the Awards committee said, “This inspiring and multi-faceted project is a testament both to the artist and to the creativity of the Gallery’s curator in developing such opportunities.” “A to Z” was a carefully curated exhibit for children of all ages built by Huff to spotlight the work of Tifton resident, artist and illustrator Donna Falcone. A debilitating case of Lyme Disease ended Falcone’s long career in Early Childhood Education in 2009. For years, she has helped children, college students, and teachers find their creative voices. “Now she has discovered her a voice of her own through a venture into alcohol inks and through a serendipitous connection with the Gallery that had the desire and connections to springboard her talent and works into a full-blown exhibition,” Huff said. “A to Z” included displays of alcohol ink art from Falcone’s book, “A is for Azure,” musical performances by the artist, a children’s art workshop, and an interactive children’s activities corner. Over 200 museum professionals from Georgia and Alabama attended the conference, which was held in Columbus. Huff has been a member of the GAM Board of Directors for the last six years, serves at the state’s GAM Membership Chair, and participates in the GAM Legislative Group. During the conference, Huff was also the co-host for a session which included a tour of FDR’s Little White House in Warm Springs.
November 1, 2019

GMA ag literacy program partners with YANMAR America EVO//Center

The Destination Ag education program at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture recently committed to a partnership with YANMAR America EVO//Center. The EVO//Center will incorporate the Destination Ag curriculum-based agriculture and natural resource educational programming into its Academy, which is a focal point of the EVO//Center. Destination Ag programming will complement the current YANMAR Academy field trip offerings and community outreach. “We are extremely excited about this partnership and the opportunities that lay ahead,” said Garrett Boone, director, ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture (GMA).  “Since the inception of Destination Ag, our goal has been to have a statewide presence.  Having Destination Ag in the northern part of the state, with a global partner that shares our same objectives, is a tremendous stride forward in achieving that goal.” “A sustainable future begins with education,” said April Zoby, EVO//Center marketing and event coordinator. “Working with local school systems and helping to develop a passion for the past, present, and future of agriculture is an incredible opportunity.  My goal with the curriculum that Destination Ag has shared, as well as with existing programs, is to make our programs fun, engaging, memorable, and exciting for the children who visit the YANMAR EVO//Center.” Destination Ag, which launched in September 2016, provides a dynamic, living laboratory that showcases agriculture and natural resources by offering transformational experiences to children and teachers. This program connects students and teachers to the sources of their food, fiber, and shelter and emphasized the importance of agriculture and natural resources in their daily lives.  In the past three years, Destination Ag has touched the lives of over 22,000 elementary school students. YANMAR America’s EVO//Center opened north of Atlanta in Acworth in 2017. This 50,000-plus square foot facility features a multi-purpose showroom and a state-of-the-art training academy.  The facility is focused on the customers’ experience and is designed to support dealers, customers, and community through a mission of empowering sustainability. “What a great partnership,” said Jared Adams, EVO//Center’s marketing and events manager.  “YANMAR’s mantra, ‘A Sustainable Future,’ and the EVO//Center’s ‘Empowering Sustainability’ fit perfectly in line with the curriculum offered by ABAC and the Destination Ag program.  ABAC and the GMA team have eagerly supported our joint efforts to make this a statewide program.  We, at YANMAR America’s EVO//Center, are proud to be Destination Ag of North Georgia.” Through this partnership, both programs will be able to leverage each other’s resources to expand the sustainable agriculture educational mission that both organizations uphold.  The partnership will expand the Destination Ag curriculum offerings beyond the confines of South Georgia to create a significant presence across the state and beyond. “YANMAR America is excited to be part of this great program offered by ABAC’s Museum of Agriculture,” said EVO//Center’s Tim Miller, senior manager, learning and development. “Destination Ag has helped thousands of Georgia school children learn about agriculture, food sources, and forestry products.  The YANMAR EVO//Center and Academy are proud to join forces and bring this exciting curriculum to the students of North Georgia, many of whom are not exposed, or even aware of, the state’s leading industry.” Key components that make up Destination Ag that will be offered at the EVO//Center include onsite curriculum based field trips; hands-on, experiential learning; post-secondary student-led instruction; a focus on agriculture and natural resource based careers; development of community and industry partnerships; community outreach; and the development and implementation of elementary agriculture and natural resource educational materials. For more information about Destination Ag or ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture, interested persons can visit gma@abac.edu.
September 3, 2019

Pecans to take center stage at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture

Picking up pecans on an autumn afternoon and taking a delicious bite of a mouth-watering pecan pie are memories that most Georgians will cherish for a lifetime. The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village will pay tribute to the mighty pecan on Sept. 12 with the opening of The Georgia Pecan Experience. “The exhibition highlights the history of Georgia’s pecan industry and delves into health and nutrition, biology, growers’ guide, and delicious recipes,” Museum Curator Polly Huff said. “Our exhibit team created a completely wheelchair accessible exhibit, with special provisions for blind guests, who will be able to enjoy the displays with the help of custom-made tactile panels.” Huff said the exhibit came about as a result of an almost two-year long collaboration with the Georgia Pecan Growers Association (GPGA). ABAC interns Jason Gentry, a history and government major from Blakely, and Alejandra Penne, a history major from Moultrie, assisted with research and installation of the exhibit. The exhibit is sponsored by the GPGA through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program which is awarded through the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Georgia’s pecan industry includes growers and shellers, aggregators (businesses that buy from multiple producers and sell in bulk to others) and brokers (who also buy in bulk but sell in response to market demand). “We are so excited at GPGA to have this exhibit available,” GPGA Executive Director Samantha McLeod said. “It is truly one-of-a-kind. Working with Polly and her team has been a wonderful experience, and she has provided a unique touch and creative input to our original project proposal. We’re thrilled to expose the next generation to the impact of pecans for Georgia’s economy and the historical tradition of pecans in our state.” Huff said the exhibit is set against a backdrop of a beautiful Georgia pecan orchard and features several interactive elements. Ganas Pecan Company from Waycross gifted the museum a special artifact, a pecan sorting table, which will be displayed as a part of the exhibition, along with several other artifacts relating to the industry. The Georgia Pecan Experience will be open to guests on Sept. 12, with a grand opening for representatives from the pecan industry coming up later this fall. Admission to this exhibit is included in the Museum’s daily admission and free with a valid season pass. ABAC students are admitted free with their ID. For more information about this and other exhibits, interested persons can contact Huff at phuff@abac.edu.