Adventures in Agriculture at A.G Cox Middle School
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Adventures in Agriculture, an Ag Education event for A.G Cox Middle School, was held on Friday, November 18th on location at the school, 2657 Church St, Winterville, NC 28590. North Carolina Cooperative Extension – Pitt County Center worked together with the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute, Making Pitt Fit Community Garden, D.H Conley High School FFA, The Cotton Board, and Premier Equipment to create this educational opportunity to bring the Farm to the School. Demonstrating the important role that agriculture plays in our everyday lives, highlighting where our food and clothing resources originate. More than 900 students and their teachers were able to take a closer look at North Carolina’s top industry and how it contributes “91.8 billion dollars to the state economy and accounts for 17 percent of the state’s income and employees 17 percent of the workforce” (North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services).
The ten specialized stations focused on agriculture, healthy lifestyles and farm safety. More specifically youth were able to learn about the four major field crops in Pitt County: Corn, cotton, soybeans, and sweet potatoes, get up close and personal with livestock animals: goats, lambs, and rabbits, climb on board a tractor, take a virtual farm tour with VR goggles, sort and learn about seed and herbs, learn about hearing safely with airzooka’s, create a wool fiber bracelet, learn about the nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes with a tasty treat, and blend up their own smoothie with our 4-H Blender Bicycle. These hands-on activities helped engage the students to provide a fun and interactive learning experience. To add to the experience students were given the opportunity to complete an interactive survey to earn extra credits points!
This event marks the first Ag Education Day that NCCE-Pitt County Center has held to date. With its success the center plans to host a similar event in the coming year. Which will be open to more schools and educational institutions. “NC State Extension extends research-based knowledge to all North Carolinians, helping them transform science into everyday solutions that improve their lives and grow our state”(NC State Extension). To learn more about what Extension can offer your community please contact the Pitt County Center at 252-902-1702.
How extension works. NC State Extension News. (n.d.). Retrieved December 5, 2022, from https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/how-extension-works/
North Carolina Agriculture Overview. North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. (n.d.). Retrieved December 5, 2022, from https://www.ncagr.gov/stats/general/overview.htm