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Franklin County 4-H educator teaches youth agriscience

A group of students in front of a field of corn.

This summer and fall, Franklin County 4-H educator Marissa Mulligan has been busy teaching agriscience in the city. Here are some highlights:

  • Careers in Agriculture SPIN Club: Materials and project books were provided to students in the Columbus City Schools summer program. During the SPIN club, students worked through the “Here, There, Ag Careers are Everywhere!” project book and explored careers in the dairy industry, agronomy, food science, and agroecology.
  • Highland Youth Garden Fall Fest: At the Highland Youth Garden Fall Fest, 4-H goodies were distributed while educating kids about animal agriculture. Goats, chickens, and ducks were also at the event to provide hands-on learning opportunities.
  • ExploreAg Youth Entrepreneurship Weekend: A group of students from low-income communities in Dayton attended a career exploration weekend camp at Hocking College. The focus was on entrepreneurship, and students explored careers in agroecology, natural resources, fisheries, and the equine industry. On the final day of camp, students pitched an agricultural venture to a panel of business professionals.

2 girls standing in front of a fence. There are 3 horses in the fenced area. 

Participants at the Youth Entrepreneurship Weekend.Youth touring a greenhouse.