Ag Adventures – 4-H Grows Our Future in Agriculture!
Each year Jackson County 4-H partners with Florida Agriculture in the Classroom (FAITC) to provide a 2-day experiential agricultural learning event for first grade students and teachers in Jackson County. Participating in an agriculture field day provides first grade students the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of agriculture and learn about agricultural practices common to Jackson County and Florida.
The field days took place on November 3 and 4, 2015, at the University of Florida’s North Florida research and Education Center in Marianna, Florida, with 587 first grade students and 40 teachers in attendance. Classes were led by 4-H volunteers and members of the Jackson County Master Gardeners, as they rotated through twelve different 15-minute stations. The stations provided students with information and hands-on activities related to agriculture. Stations included opportunities for students and teachers to learn about Dairy production, Honey production, small livestock, large livestock, cotton, peanuts, corn, Entomology, forestry, and some mechanical engineering regarding tractors and the importance of safety practices on the farm. Students sampled peanuts, dairy products, and honey products.
Each student also shelled an ear of corn using an old-fashioned hand sheller. Agriculture education materials were provided to each classroom to continue the learning experience afterwards. Education materials included: lesson plans with materials to complete each lesson, and education materials provided by FAITC. This event is made possible by a grant from FAITC, and our dedicated volunteers. Jackson County 4-H would like to thank the following businesses and agencies for their generous support and involvement in this event: MILLIE BEE Beekeeping Supplies – ELMORE HERMAN, Cindale Farms, LLC , Florida Forestry Department, UF/IFAS NFREC Beef Research Unit and staff, Jackson County Extension staff and agents, Soil and Water Conservation District, Florida Peanut Producers, Farm Credit, Jackson County Master Gardeners, Steve and Myra Hurst, Jackson County 4-H youth and volunteers, and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.