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|4th Annual Norman Borlaug Education Day "Inspire"
(Protivin) The cold blustery day at the Norman Borlaug farm on Friday
September 16, 2011 did not affect the enthusiasm and thirst for learning about
Norman Borlaug for the nearly 300 5th graders attending from the following
elementary schools: Trinity in Protivin, Sumner-Fredricksburg, South
Winneshiek, Desales in Ossian, Crestwood including Elma and Lime
Springs/Chester, Riceville, and Notre Dame of Cresco.
The students spent a busy day going through as many as 10 different stations
for 30 minute sessions. They learned not only about Dr. Borlaug's life, but
also how they too may be "Inspired" to do great things.
On the video in addition to photos and video footage taken at the Borlaug
Farm during the event, hear an interview with organizer of the event Barb
Schwamman, Principal at the Ossian School in the South Winneshiek system
and also Vice President of the Foundation and get in on a class being taught
by retired Cresco teacher Melodee Balk about education in the one room
school houses during the youth of Norman Borlaug and his sisters Palma and
|The Norman Borlaug
Harvest Days Parade was
held in Cresco highlighted
firefighters who died in the
firefighters who died in the
9/11 attack over 10 years
ago in New York City...Hear
part of this touching tribute
from in front of the Howard
County Court House
|Tom Spindler, Past President
|Borlaug's sister Charlotte Culbert of
Cresco, recently passed away,
always fondly remembered the days
on the farm growing up with Norman
and their sister Palma.
|Hear and see the "We're from Iowa" chant from the fith
graders in a 1919 setting in the one room school house
and an interview with Foundation President Tom Spindler
and video and photos of the students
|Luther College Students Teach @ Spring
"Inspire" Day @ Borlaug Farm
Fifth grade students from Decorah, New Hampton, and North Winneshiek
gathered at the Borlaug Farm near Protivin on Friday 4/27/2012 for the fifth
"Inspire" Day held by the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation.
Two things were different about this "Inspire" in comparison to the last four.
College elementary education majors from nearby Luther College in Decorah
were the teachers for the day.
Several learning sessions were set-up throughout the farm, including a
session in the same one room school house where Borlaug and his sisters
received their elementary school education.
The day was cold and blustery which seems to be usual for the "Inspire" days
at the farm.
However, there was plenty of enthusiasm from the students as you will see
from the after lunch chant from the school house on the video.
Not only were the fifth graders full of enthusiasm, but the college students as
well seemed to be enjoying their day on the farm.
|Dr. Norman Borlaug
Events from The Farm
There is an increasing amount of events held
at the Borlaug Farm. See the videos and
stories below from some of them!
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|That's Tom Spindler with the scissors about to cut the ribbon. Spindler
is the immediate past President of the Norman Borlaug Heritage
Foundation and was instrumental in getting the new signs at the
Borlaug Farm with the help of Silos & Smoke Stacks. On the left is
Candy Welch Steed (w/ white jacket) from Silos and Smoke Stacks.
Current President Barb Schwamann is holding the ribbon on the right.
(see the video of the ribbon cutting below)
|Tom Spindler cuts the ribbon
|Senator Merlin Bartz with Candy
Welch Streed the Program &
Partnership Director with Silos &
Smoke Stacks. Here them both
on the video to the right
|Ribbon cutting for New Signage at Borlaug Farm
Over 200 people, many of them educators in the Howard-Winneshiek
School District were on hand for the ribbon cutting for the new signs at the
Boralug Farm 4 miles west of Protivin.
Past President Tom Spindler, who was instrumental in coordinating getting
the new signs did the honors of cutting the ribbon.
Current Foundation President Barb Schwamann served as the emcee for
the event held on Tuesday August 21, 2012.
The video below has the ribbon cutting and comments from Schwamann,
Senator Merlin Bartz, and Candy Welch Streed from Silos and Smoke
Stacks and Jason Passmore from the Cresco Chamber.
|Above is one of ten signs now at different spots throughout the
Borlaug Farms. The signs will help students and others that visit
the farm better understand the accomplishments of Borlaug and
help them understand how they too might be able to become the
next Dr. Norman Borlaug. (Note the map in the middle)