Agricultural Learning Center

Professional Development


The Agricultural Learning Center at the Fairgrounds provides the Warren Welsh Series of Professional Development Workshops for educators on site, or in your district. We can tailor a presentation concerning agriculture to your needs.


Warren Welsh Professional Development Workshop Series New Jersey is the Garden State and Sussex County has a rich heritage of farming, but many students have little knowledge about the source of their food. Farmers’ markets, organic farming, school gardens and ‘foodies’ have put the these sources into the news.


These workshops offer teachers, grades pre K-5, a look at agriculture in New Jersey and Sussex County, and demonstrates ways to share that information with their students. The workshops are developed by the professional staff of the Agricultural Learning Center.


Warren Welse Professional Development Workshops




The Agricultural Learning Center at the Fairgrounds staff offers its fifth workshop for primary teachers.

Thursday, October 19th, 4-6 p.m.

Sussex County Community College Student Theater


  • Featuring outstanding children’s books on agricultural themes as springboards for math, science, social studies, & language arts lessons, plus interactive bulletin boards

  • Some topics: pollinators, seasons, water, gardens, plants, and more

  • Make and Take materials

  • Door prizes & refreshments


Questions, reservations: Kathy Cafasso,

Send reservation form below with $10 reservation fee [make checks payable to NJ State Fair] by Oct. 12th to ALCF, P.O. Box 2456, Branchville, NJ  07826.  Attendees will get a $5 refund at the door.


Reservation Form


PreK-Grade 2: ‘Here a Chick’, ‘Bees & Barns’, ‘Cows and Cranberries’ Each of these workshops features five learning stations chock full of activities for primary students including source books, take home materials & bibliographies. The topics include chickens, corn, soil, blueberries and pigs. Teachers will receive folders for each center with materials.


Grade 2-5: “Old Macdonald Likes to Read: Using Agriculture Based Picture Books in Your Classroom” This workshop features over 20 books with activities in the subject areas of language arts, math, social studies, science and art. This workshop has been presented at a Northwest Jersey Reading Council meeting and at the 2014 National Ag in the Classroom Conference.