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Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:59 am, Thu Jun 30, 2011.

San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools Mick Founts invited 35 educators to experience life on the farm at his family-owned Biggy Farms on Tuesday.

These teachers became the students and learned how to bring agriculture into their classrooms. This was just one of many agricultural encounters during the four-day Ag in the Classroom program organized by the San Joaquin Farm Bureau.

Founts, along with his wife, Kristin, and daughters, Larissa and Rashonne, taught K-12 San Joaquin County educators about the farm's South African Boer Goats. The Founts family also discussed the challenges of working on a ranch and provided an understanding of equipment, housing and materials needed to establish and maintain a Boer Goat ranch.

Ag in the Classroom seeks to introduce teachers in San Joaquin County to the agriculture industry through numerous field trips and presentations, according to a press release.

Fount's farm adventure was just one of several tours of farms and agricultural businesses as part of the program. In addition to the exciting tours, teachers are supplied with numerous resources and lesson plans to assist in incorporating agriculture into their classrooms.

For more information about Ag in the Classroom, call 931-4931.

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