Bond County Soil and Water Conservation District

June 7 - Teacher Workshop

The Bond County SWCD & Ag in the Classroom Program is hosting a 2022 Teacher Workshop on June 7.  The event will be held at the Greenville First Christian Church Family Life Center from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., with afternoon tours of the new Scott's Processing Meat-ing Room and Retail Store, and the Milkhouse.  Please check back soon to register and for more details!  

Teachers will receive professional development credits through the Regional Office of Education #3.  Registration is free if completed by June 1!    Lunch is included and teachers will receive classroom materials, lessons and updates on grant opportunities.  Click the link below to register or use the QR code.



What's New with AITC?

Meet our new Education Coordinator, Kathryn Criner.  Kathryn is a 2021 graduate of Mulberry Grove High School and is currently enrolled at Kaskaskia College studying agriculture.  Kathryn was very involved in Mulberry Grove FFA.  She served as an FFA chapter officer and was the 2021 Section 19 FFA Prepared Public Speaking Award Winner.  She was also a Mulberry Grove Varsity Cheerleader, a member of FCA and a member of the Trailblazer's 4-H club.  Kathryn will be assisting with community events in the summer and will be presenting lessons in classrooms in the 2021-22 school year. 

Kathryn is a lifelong rural Bond County resident.  She is has a passion for agriculture and owns and operates her own goat herd.  She also uses her goat's milk to create hand crafted soaps that she markets as "The Soapy Goat."  She also has horses and cattle too.  She is a 2021 member of the Bond County CEO class.  






Bond County Ag in the Classroom Mission & Vision

The mission of the Bond County Ag in the Classroom program is to increase agriculture literacy and advance agriculture by providing education programs in schools, at community programs and outreach events.  A person that is literate in agriculture "understands and can communicate the source and value of agriculture as it affects our quality of life."  The Bond County AITC program seeks to improve student and community understanding by providing agricultural focused lessons that meet national learning standards in core curriculum in science, social studies, language and math.  We have resources in our AITC Book Barn Mobile Education Trailer that are available at public events and festivals to improve the understanding of and advancement of agriculture within our community.  The AITC vision is that "agriculture is valued by all." 

For information on how you can support our mission & vision please contact the Bond County AITC Executive Director, Emily Hartmann at

AITC Lessons & Events and Book Barn Schedule

Fall Events:

May 5 - 5th Grade Conservation Education Day

June 7 - Teacher Workshop

Check back to learn more about special programs & events!