Ag museum exec takes down-to-earth approach

A self-proclaimed tomboy growing up in Bolton, Sandy Havard stuck close to her father, a row crop farmer.

“I grew up with agriculture and learned to appreciate it. I was always an outdoors girl,” said Havard, 37, branch director of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. “Now my passion is teaching youth about agriculture.”

When Havard operates the old cotton gin on display at the museum, for example, agriculture suddenly becomes real to the thousands of schoolchildren who visit the museum each year. It is in that moment they realize where their shirts and blue jeans come from. For Havard, it’s about showing and telling.

Clarion Ledger