Board of Directors
The Borlaug Education Residency Program
The Borlaug Education Residency Program challenges our citizenry through the arts, sciences and humanities to better understand important global issues including hunger, world peace, cultural diversity, leadership, agricultural science, the environment, and service learning. Through the education program, Dr. Borlaug’s scientific and humanitarian career serves as a catalyst for Americans to better understand their responsibilities in service to others.
The Foundation recognizes Dr. Borlaug’s contributions to the world with a primary goal of reaching American K-12 schools, colleges and communities informing them of his work and values. Through the Borlaug Residency Program, students and communities are encouraged to serve humankind with the same convictions and tenacity that has served Dr. Borlaug throughout his life.
The education program is designed to encourage creative thinking and initiatives regarding issues which Dr. Borlaug has encountered during his distinguished career. Each year elected participants receive stipends to research, study or create, in their respective fields, work which reflects Dr. Borlaug's philosophy and career. Whenever possible participants are encouraged to blend their research abilities and creative talents and to share their work with students and communities.
Participants may express themselves through genres of the written word including nonfiction, journalism, drama, poetry, and fiction; photography; pottery; music; painting; dance; and other visual and performing arts. Each school year, selected participants travel to participating K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions. They share a presentation on Dr. Borlaug's life and legacy and engage students in interactive experiences and discussions.
During a portion of the stipend period, selected participants live and study in a rural setting on Dr. Borlaug's boyhood farm in Northeast Iowa. Stipend periods of study, research and creative endeavors range from 4 week to six months. On occasion participants may be selected to travel to countries where Dr. Borlaug has worked and return to his boyhood home to complete an education project. A portion of the participants work may be displayed or demonstrated on site.
Vision for the Future:
Five acres at the boyhood farm have been reserved for the development of a Borlaug Education Outreach Center. Future plans envisioned, by the Foundation Board, include Interpretive center, studio, living accommodations, small study/ library, science and art exhibition hall, greenhouse, board office, board room, presentation media room, public restrooms, kitchen and dining facility for public and education activities. The 106 acre farm will continue in pasture, cropland, and forest preserve with Borlaug crop demonstrations, walking trails and creek bridges.