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GSL hosts summer Ag. Ed. intern

Winona Johnson

From the suburbs of the Twin Cities to Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, Winona Johnson’s journey into agricultural education has been a unique one.
Growing up in Shoreview, just north of the cities, Johnson’s exposure to agriculture was limited to “Food, Inc.,” until she began her high school career at the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture (AFSA) in Vadnais Heights. Looking merely for a smaller class size, Johnson originally wasn’t excited about the school’s required agricultural classes.
“Since I grew up in the cities I really didn’t know anything about ag,” she said. “My freshman year I was put in Intro to Agriculture and I wasn’t really sure about that.”
One intro class, however, was all it took for her to see the value of agricultural education. Her time in those classes and her newfound perspective on agriculture inspired her to make agricultural education her career.
“I realized there are so many really important aspects of agriculture out there that affect everybody and nobody seems to know what to do with it,” she said. “I realized I wanted to be out there helping people to not rely on the media for their ag information, so I decided teaching would be a great way to do that.”
Pursuing a major in agricultural education at The University of Minnesota led Johnson to the State Teach Ag Results Agricultural Internship Program and to GSL. Now a junior, Johnson applied for the program after a friend went through it last year.
“I was interested when I heard that he was doing that and then when I heard that they were going to be offering more positions I jumped on that,” Johnson said.
This is the second year GSL and Becky Haddad have been involved with the program.

For more, see the July 6 print edition of The Chronicle.