ASHTABULA COUNTY AG DAY
The Ohio State University
Since 2012, OSU Extension in Ashtabula County has been conducting an annual “Ashtabula County Ag Day” to educate first graders on where their food comes from and to showcase the different types of agricultural commodities which are being grown in Ashtabula County, Ohio. In 2012, this program was pilot tested with 350 students at Lakeside Elementary School. In 2013 & 2014 this program was expanded so all of the first graders from the seven Ashtabula County public school districts could attend. On the first Friday of May, over 1,200 first graders travel to the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds to participate in the event. During this interactive day, students are able to get up close and personal with farm animals, crops, fruits, and vegetables at twelve interactive stations relating to our county’s agriculture. Teachers reported that 100% of their students learned something new from their day and expressed appreciation the day was formulated to meet their state science standards. Over 150 volunteers from our community assist with this program by teaching at the interactive stations, serving as tour guides and by completing behind the scenes logistics. The cost of hosting this event is over $10,000 (both monetary and in-kind). The goals of this poster is to share the logistics for conducting a large-scale agricultural awareness event; how funding was acquired and how curriculum was developed for each station.
Poster has NOT been presented at any previous NACAA AM/PIC
This poster is being submitted for judging. It will be displayed at the AM/PIC if not selected as a State winner. The abstract will be published in the proceedings.
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Authors: D.L. Marrison, A. Averill
Marrison, D. ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Ohio, 44047
Averill, A. Program Assistant, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Ohio, 44047