Bond County Soil and Water Conservation District

Sally Zimmerman Joins the Bond AITC Team 

The Bond County Ag in the Classroom program is pleased to announce that Sally Zimmerman has joined the team.  Sally was an elementary school teacher for 34 years.  She was a 1st grade teacher at Altamont Elementary School. and retired at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year.  Sally and her husband, Steve Zimmerman, reside in Vandalia, Illinois.  They have two adult children.  

Sally will be scheduling visits with elementary school classes in all Bond County Schools for the 2022-23 school year. To request a visit please email Sally at


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:

July 28-30 Heritage Days at the Farm Heritage Museum.
Aug. 4-9 Bond County Fair

Check back to learn more about special programs & events!