A new podcast aims to grow agricultural education in Minnesota. Natasha Mortenson of Riverview LLC in Morris is one of three hosts of “Keepin’ It Rural” and says the goals of the show are to see ag education programming in every school, connect more students to FFA, and promote teaching opportunities:
“The three of us are really passionate about connecting teachers and students to agriculture, like the world of agriculture.”
Mortenson’s cohosts are Rebecca Paskewitz, an ag teacher at Glencoe-Silver Lake, and Lindsay Fulton, the owner of Blondie’s Butcher Shop in Wanamingo. She says the podcast is a great way to encourage teachers and provide them with resources:
“I was a teacher in agriculture and I definitely did not know everything. Nobody could possibly know how to grow every single commodity and raise every single type of animal that we raise for food animals. And this is allowing them to have a resource for their students to learn, something they maybe don’t know a lot about.”
“Keepin’ It Rural” is available on Spotify and Apple podcasts, and Mortenson says a website is in the works.