Farmamerica adding Amy Durand to its team
The Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center - Farmamerica was in search of a program and communications director to spearhead new educational opportunities for youth and adults, and Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) was in search of another regional leader to connect K-12 educators with agriculture curriculum resources. And with similar visions of connecting people to agriculture and having everyone value agriculture, it made sense for the two organizations to partner together to create a new leadership role managed by Farmamerica.
Farmamerica is pleased to add Amy Durand to its team to develop and lead new day camps, and assist with communication and event development at Farmamerica. And for MAITC, she will help educators and ag advocates find the right activities and curriculum to meet their educational needs. Like MAITC’s four Regional Ag Curriculum Specialists, Durand will also provide professional development opportunities for educators and assist with classroom activities.
“Durand’s excitement, fresh ideas, passion for agriculture, and experience working with all age levels are just what Farmamerica needs as we build our brand and create additional educational opportunities,” states Farmamerica Executive Director, Jessica Rollins. “We have similar visions in that we both want to be a resource to help people understand and value agriculture. Over the last few years, we’ve built a great working relationship with MATIC and this partnership will help us work even closer together to reach our ag literacy goals. Together we can build stronger relationships with regional educators and help them seamlessly incorporate agriculture into their classroom conversations and curricula.”
Durand comes to Farmamerica with an undergrad and graduate degree in agricultural education and seven years of teaching experience in the ag classroom and FFA advisory roles. She is currently an adjunct instructor at South Central Community College in Mankato, Minn. She spent six years with AgStar Financial (now Compeer Financial) helping them create educational opportunities for farmers.
Later this month, Farmamerica will announce new summer opportunities beyond its regularly scheduled Ice-Cream Social on July 13, Meat-a-palooza on August 8, and Fall Festival on September 7. These opportunities will range from week-long day camps for youth to a fun-filled field trip for educators to earn CEU credits.