The Jefferson County Extension Office was a proud participant of the first ever Youth Ag Day at the Aucilla Christian Academy on Friday, February 23rd 2018. This event gave 150 kindergarten through 5th grade students and eight teachers the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of agriculture and learn about the agricultural practices common to Jefferson County.
Students and teachers rotated between several booths that demonstrated the different aspects of agriculture. The booths included learning activities about honey, dairy, small livestock and row crop production as well as forestry and farm equipment. Students were able to see, smell, touch and even taste, a variety of commodities.
At the Jefferson County Extension booth, students were able to learn about a variety of in-season winter vegetables. The students learned about how vegetables grow. and had the opportunity to make their own radish seed necklace in which they could wear and watch a seed germinate within 24 hours. They were also able to make biodegradable flowerpots from newspaper to use to plant their own seeds.
The Aucilla Christian Academy would like to make this an annual event and to create a similar event for students in 6th through 12th grade. The Jefferson County Extension Office is looking forward to this participating in this event annually!
For more information on how to be apart of the next Youth Ag Day, please contact Ag/Natural Resources Agent, Danielle Sprague at the Jefferson County Extension Office by phone 850-342-0187 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.