The Prentice Family Agriculture Education Award is a new award to recognize the outstanding efforts of a volunteer committed to agriculture education. Nominated volunteers should have a clear commitment to the farm’s mission, “MSU Tollgate Farm strives to cultivate life-long learners and leaders with the skills and knowledge to create a sustainable world” as embodied in one or more of four focus areas. These focus areas include; teaching, diversity, equity, and inclusion, industry promotion, or capacity building.
Any MSU Tollgate volunteer, staff member, or program participant may nominate an individual for the award. This award will be presented on a yearly basis when qualified nominees are brought forward. The review period will be from July 1st to June 30th with the award presented at the late summer volunteer appreciation picnic. Thank you to the Americana Foundation for their support and suggestion for naming this award. Both the Americana Foundation and the Prentice Family have shown uncommon commitment to the mission of MSU Tollgate Farm and advocacy for agricultural education.