Boyd chairs NC Food, Land and People program

Apr 13, 2017
Charles Boyd

Retired high school agriculture teacher Charles Boyd has worn many hats during his lengthy career in education and public service. Although now retired from the classroom, the busy owner of WNC Landscaping shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to teaching future generations about the importance of agriculture.

Boyd, who has served for six years on the Board of Supervisors for Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District, didn’t hesitate when asked to chair the state’s Project Food, Land and People (FLP) program.

FLP is a national educational curriculum featuring 55 K-12 lesson plans that cover a wide range of agriculture-related subjects such as food, nutrition, erosion, insects, photosynthesis, recycling and numerous other topics. It is delivered through soil and water districts.

FLP provides educators with tools to enhance student understanding about the relationship between people, land use and agriculture and is one of several workshops required to earn the N.C. Environmental Educator certification through the state Office of Environmental Education.

As a district board member, Boyd also serves as chairman on the North Carolina Association’s State Education Committee, representing North Carolina on both the regional and national levels.

Educators interested in attending an FLP workshop through the district should contact education coordinator Gail Heathman at