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Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom


April, 2016

April Featured Teachers: Canute Schools

April is National Gardening Month

April Fools' Day

Thomas Jefferson

Last Frost Date

Earth Day

89ers Day

Made in Oklahoma Month




National Poetry Month

Oklahoma Vegetable of the Month: Peas

Oklahoma Fruit of the Month: Strawberries

Ag in Art: Wild Strawberries, Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin


April Fool!

Celebrate April Fool with Ag Facts and learn about one theory of the origin of April Fool's Day related to agriculture and the growing cycle.

April 13 is the Birthday of Thomas Jefferson

"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden."
- Thomas Jefferson

Earth Day is April 22

What Oklahoma farm animals are by nature recylers and re-users?

National Soybean Month

The soybean is sometimes called "the miracle bean." Find out why.

April is Made in Oklahoma Month

Farmers' markets spring to life in Oklahoma during April.


Oklahoma Vegetable of the Month: Peas

Oklahoma Fruit of the Month: Strawberries

April is National Gardening Month

Go outside and plant something!


Last Frost Date

In Oklahoma, the average date of the last frost is sometime this month.


89ers Day is April 22

Oklahoma Ag in History Lessons

What Oklahoma farm animal played a key role in Oklahoma's land runs? Find out here: A Handy Measure

Writing Prompt: Pretend you are a newspaper reporter at the Oklahoma land run of 1889. Write a first-hand account.

Land Run of 1889 (Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture)

Photographs of the American West (National Archives, includes many photos from land runs and early Oklahoma)

Ag-Related Books About Oklahoma History


April is National Poetry Month

Prairie Spring
by Willa Cather

Evening and the flat land,
Rich and sombre and always silent;
The miles of fresh-plowed soil,
Heavy and black, full of strength and harshness;
The growing wheat, the growing weeds,
The toiling horses, the tired men;
The long empty roads,
Sullen fires of sunset, fading,
The eternal, unresponsive sky.
Against all this, Youth,
Flaming like the wild roses,
Singing like the larks over the plowed fields,
Flashing like a star out of the twilight;
Youth with its insupportable sweetness,
Its fierce necessity,
Its sharp desire,
Singing and singing,
Out of the lips of silence,
Out of the earthy dusk.


Spring Plowing, Thomas Hart Benton

More Ag in Poetry


Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom


Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.