This summer I was able to travel to Minnesota to attend the CASE Food Science and Safety Institute hosted by South Central College. It was by far the neatest and most fun CI I've ever been to, and the people were some of the best I've ever met. Staying at the Center - CVM - Dairy Education Center, University of Minnesota located at New Sweden Dairy, was an unforgettable experience. Watching calves be born 24 hours a day on COW TV was our favorite form of entertainment, and the picturesque scenery around the farm made for some relaxing runs.
Not only was the curriculum interesting and something I know my students will absolutely love, but my fellow participants made conducting the APPs tons of fun. Our hosts made sure that we got out to see the area, and planned fun activities such as visiting a local butcher for a tour and tasting, and going out for bowling and laser tag. We found ways to amuse ourselves on the weekend by touring a local brewery, sampling local cuisine, posing with Hermann the German, seeing the largest glockenspiel in MN, and visiting a local ag teacher whose husband keeps exotic animals at the family farm. It was also nice to catch up with old CASE friends like Kimberly Fogle make new friends, and to finally meet some of the ag teachers I've come to know from CoP like Kellie Claflin in person. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I will let them tell the rest of the story. Thanks to Kellie Claflin and The Southern Minnesota Center for Agriculture for letting me use their pictures!
Hope everyone is enjoying their last bit of summer and is feeling refreshed and ready for the year ahead. Good luck as you head back to school!