Jackson County 4-H Ag Literacy Day – #4HGrows
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Jackson County 4-H faculty and staff along with 4-H volunteers from Farm Credit, FDACS Forestry, Rural Development, and the Jackson County Master Gardeners, presented the 2016 Agriculture Literacy book “Drive Through Florida: Vegetables”.
The annual reading event is a chance for farmers, ranchers, University of Florida IFAS Extension Agents, Master Gardeners and agriculture industry representatives to go into elementary classrooms and read to youth and showcase the crop, vegetable, livestock and poultry industries in Florida, to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
This year’s theme focuses on the Florida vegetable crops tomatoes, squash, snap beans, sweet corn, lettuce, bell peppers, potatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, celery, and radishes. One hundred seventy (170) students in Kindergarten through Fifth grade from Dayspring Christian Academy and Malone School participated this year. Youth were polled following the event regarding what they had learned and the results were very impressive. Based on their participation in this event: 96% of the youth can now identify examples of feed and food products eaten by animals and people, 100% can now name three vegetables grown in Florida, 96% can now identify two things made from potatoes and 100% know understand the importance of natural resources (sun, soil, water, and minerals) in farming.
Jackson County 4-H is helping to promote Agriculture awareness among youth in Jackson County through activities such as this and the Jackson County 4-H Ag Adventures program, that will be held this year on October 25 and 26 at the Research Center in Greenwood. Both programs are made possible through the generous support of the Florida Agriculture in the Classroom program.
Jackson County 4-H would like to thank all the students, teachers and volunteers for their participation in this year’s event.