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District V Message--Dean Dittmar--11/19/2006

Sunday, November 19, 2006

-ICAE/ILCAE District 5 Agriculture Advocacy Award Winner
-Glenrose Ag. Resources Website
-AITC Pumpkin Pie Activity

-The ICAE/ILCAE recently awarded the District 5 Agriculture Advocacy Award to Dr. David Ponce, Viticulture Coordinator/Professor/Grape Grower, from Shawnee College at Ullin.  The award was given at the ILCAE/ICAE Annual Meeting in Chicago on Wednesday.
      Dr. Ponce has provided four day-long professional development workshops for high school ag. teachers on the how to and why of the viticulture industry. He has been able to show how chemistry is involved in juice making, sugar content, etc. David acquired over $10,000 from the National Science Foundation to offset the costs for these workshops, so that they were free to educators.  He is advocating viticulture SAEs and parents of students to get involved as a great cash crop.
      Dr. Ponce has assisted in establishing and increasing a knowledge base for alternative agricultural practices - mainly in the viticulture(table grape) industry.  He has initiated viticuluture curriculum and coursework for students and adults in Illinois.  He is advocating this industry as a viable industry to boost the economics in the area.
      David has been activley supportive of the southern five county AITC partnership.  He has assisted the Cairo School District in establishing a garden and nursery.  He has distributed curriculum and powerpoints to AITC for K-8 students, workshops for 9-12 teachers, and college courses for adults.  Networking is a key to his success.

-Glenrose Ag. Resources Website -  

-AITC Pumpkin Patch Pie Activity - Great activity for the soon to be Thanksgiving Holiday -
An easy-to-make, easy-to-clean-up fall recipe
- 1 gallon Ziploc® freezer bag
- 2 2/3 cups cold milk
- 2 packages (4 serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix.
- 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- Graham cracker crumbs
- 25 small cups
- scissors
- 1 can whipped topping
- 25 spoons
1. Combine the milk and instant pudding in the Ziploc bag.
2. Remove the air and Ziploc shut.
3. Squeeze and kneed with hands until blended for 1 minute.
4. Add the pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger.
5. Remove the air and Ziploc shut.
6. Squeeze and kneed with hands until blended for 2 minutes.
7. Place 1/2 Tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of
small cups.
8. Cut corner of gallon freezer bag and squeeze pie filling into cups.
9. Garnish with 1 container(8ounces) whipped topping.
10. Add a spoon. Serve and enjoy.
11. Discuss pumpkin production while students are eating.
Yield - 25 students and 1 teacher.
Ingredients can be divided by 4 or 5 for students to work in small groups.
Thanks to:
Susan Miller, Williamson Ag Literacy Coordinator

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