TEACHING YOUTH THE VALUE OF AGRICULTURE AND ITS IMPACT ON OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
County Extension Coordinator
University of Georgia
In 2001, the Fayette Master Gardener Extension Volunteers implemented a Plant a Row for the Hungry Community Garden (PAR) to provide nutritious produce to food banks and shelters throughout Fayette County and the Metro Atlanta area. Later, black plastic and drip irrigation were installed to increase produce production as well as manage weeds and aid in moisture retention. The PAR garden is a wonderful community service project that allows MGEVs to give back, however it is also a valuable teaching tool to volunteers, adults and youth. In the summer of 2013, our Cloverbud Day Camp focused on the Farm to Table learning concept. Eighteen 2nd-4th grade campers explored local produce farms including traditional agriculture production, organic production and community garden production at PAR. Campers were taught by each garden proprietor the importance of agriculture, the mechanics of their specific production system, and how each farm impacts our local community. In addition to touring local farms, campers planted their own raised bed vegetable garden and learned the value of pollinators in our education garden. They also completed community service by harvesting potatoes and onions at PAR. Campers explored where their food comes from, how to plant their own, and how to harvest different fruits and vegetables. Having a hands-on approach to learning enables youth to explore and further increase agricultural interests in the community.
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Authors: K.J. Toal, A.M. Nasworthy, S.I. Kahley
Toal, K. County Extension Coordinator, University of Georgia, Georgia, 30214
Nasworthy, A. 4-H Agent, University of Georgia, Georgia, 30214
Kahley, S. 4-H Program Assistant, University of Georgia, Georgia, 30214