Making Virtual Class Work
Thanks to wise planning and a hefty dose of creativity, Crop and Soil Sciences instructors are taking remote-learning students outside the classroom and even a bit further this year.
STEM Careers Start with A College Major in Soil
We have one earth. It’s currently our single place in the universe on which to build our homes, feed our communities, and sustain life. Soil is the common ground for a rich career field for anyone interested in STEM and environmental science.
Grower Spotlight: Pace Family Farms
Michelle Pace Davis is a sixth generation Johnston County farmer who has learned the importance of farm adaptability, ag education and customer connections. Part of her farm’s mission is to invite and to educate - including students from her alma mater.
#StillFarming and #StillStudying
For many of our students, returning home for online classes meant returning to work. Daniel McDonald's family operates McDonald Brothers Farm in Red Springs, NC. Online classes have to fit into farm work.
Duplin County 4-H Sprouts Online Programs
Unwilling to lose touch with her 4-H students, Duplin County Extension Program Assistant and NC State student Charmae Kendall launched several online activities for 4-Hers stuck at home.
Student Spotlight: Mary Grace Phillips, Full-Time Student & Healthcare Worker
We talked with Mary Grace Phillips, a Crop and Soil Sciences undergraduate, about experiencing the COVID-19 fight first-hand. She is a junior majoring in agroecology and community food systems while working full time in the healthcare field.
Thoughts from a 2020 graduate: A season of loss & gratitude…
The following is a blog post from Isabella Rocco, a graduating senior in communications, who took Bob Patterson's World Population and Food Prospects class (STS 323) in her first semester at NC State. We are happy to share Isabella's words of encouragement (with permission) to fellow students.
Agroecology Farm Goes Solo with Big Impact
NC State’s Agroecology Education Farm is normally a bustling hub of student and volunteer activity. But now, farm manager Alison Reeves is farming solo but making a big impact on campus and in the community.
Students Consider Course Grading Choices
The hurdles of online learning are causing students to question whether they should maintain the standard course grading scale for their classes, or consider switching to another option such as S/U (pass/fail) or an “incomplete” designation.
Coffee Talks Brew Online Community
NC State transitioned to online classes almost three weeks ago. In a department built on personal communication, Crop and Soil Sciences’ Director of Undergraduate Programs David Crouse recognized the gap and has started weekly student-faculty coffee talks.