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Welcome to Farm to School. We are the only elementary school in the state to offer a Farm to School related arts class to kindergarten through fifth grade. I attended The Matthew Whaley School in Williamsburg, Virginia and moved to Florence in the 5th grade and attended schools in Florence School District One. After high school, I traveled "far away" to attend Francis Marion College. While a student at Francis Marion, I was influenced by the following professors: Dr. Emily Lorraine de Montluzin, Dr. G. Wayne King, and Dr. Stukes. I left FMC with a deep love and respect for the study and research associated with the field of history. In 2015, Briggs was awarded a grant from the South Carolina Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture to establish a farm at Briggs. Over the past few years, we have been fortunate to expand the Farm at Briggs to include an additional garden, chicken coop, and recently, a satellite garden at Lucas Park, as well as the only classroom observation beehive in the Pee Dee region.
I hold a BA in History from Francis Marion, and I am actively involved in the following organizations: Sons of the Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Huguenot Society of South Carolina, South Carolina Genealogical Society, The Pee Dee Chapter, The Florence Historical Society, and the Pee Dee Land Trust. I am a graduate of the South Carolina Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Institute, a certificate in GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) from Clemson University and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, School Gardening for South Carolina Educators from Clemson Extension, 2017-2018 Florence County 4H Volunteer Service Award, and recently returned from Shelburne Farm in Vermont where I completed the course Cultivating Joy and Wonder for Early Learners.
I have never witnessed students become as excited and engaged in a subject as I have seen in Farm to School. Many parents have said, "My child comes home every week excited about all the amazing things they have learned in Ag Ed!" Students are able to use all five senses as they explore and learn about agriculture. Hopefully, we can influence children to engage with the environment around them more that a handheld device!
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Mr. J. Murrie