Where does your food come from? Last month first graders in Ashtabula County discovered the answer when they were invited to get up close and personal with farm animals, crops, fruits, and vegetables at the county’s youth agricultural education event.
Coordinated by OSU Extension and assisted by local community members from 4-H, Master Gardeners, and the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau, the program showcased the different agricultural commodities produced in Ashtabula County.
At interactive stations, they learned the importance of healthy nutrition and exercise on the SNAP-Ed blender bike, discovered how seeds are planted to grow fruit and vegetables, and how crops are processed into foods.
Youth also made their own home-made butter with students from Pymatuning Valley FFA and tried their hand at milking a cow with the 2019 Dairy Princess, Kattiejo Hass. Students also learned about maple syrup, Christmas trees, bees, sheep, horses, beef, dairy cows, goats, pigs, alpacas, chickens, ducks, and turkeys.
More than 300 volunteers and donors helped make Ashtabula AgDay a reality for first-grade students. Thanks to these sponsors for their support of this important program.