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Copy of American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s 2022 Book of the Year donated to library

The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture (GFA) and Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) are jointly promoting agricultural literacy by donating copies of the children’s book “How to Grow a Monster” to nearly 400 libraries in the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS).

As part of this initiative, Bill Kennedy, district manager for Altamaha EMC, and Dana Nasworthy, Emanuel County Farm Bureau member, recently delivered a copy of the book to Franklin Memorial Library. Director Gladys Collins and Library Assistant Shari Watt, who also chairs the Emanuel County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, accepted the presentation.

“How to Grow a Monster,” written by Kiki Thorpe and illustrated by Barbara Bongini, explores the theme of gardening and includes a gardening-related activity for children to try themselves. Tapping into the popular makers movement (hands-on learning), the book is part of a series of fun, easy-to-read stories that focus on problem-solving and hands-on action.

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture selected the book as its 2022 Book of the Year for its accurate and positive portrayal of agriculture.

The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture is thrilled to partner with Georgia EMC and Georgia Farm Bureau to donate the book.

GFA began donating accurate books about agriculture to each public library in Georgia in 2016, and Georgia EMC joined the foundation in this endeavor two years later.

About GFA

GFA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preparing the next generation of leaders for success in Georgia agriculture. The organization works with Georgia Farm Bureau and other state agricultural and educational organizations to achieve its mission. The foundation offers scholarships to students pursuing agricultural careers and funds leadership development programs; it also monetarily sponsors projects that increase the public’s understanding of agriculture.

Additionally, GFA recently launched Georgia Ag Experience, a mobile classroom that introduces third through fifth graders to Georgia’s top crops.

To make a tax-deductible donation or learn more about the foundation, visit or contact GFA Executive Director Lily Baucom at 478-405-3461 or

About Georgia EMC

Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association that represents the 41 electric cooperatives across Georgia, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp., and Georgia System Operations Corp.

Collectively, these customer-owned co-ops provide electricity and related services to 4.4 million people across 73 percent of the state’s land area.

To learn more about Georgia EMC, visit

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