April is Lawn and Garden Month and is a great time to highlight the wonderful 4-H Small Garden Project coming up across the state!
Agriculture provides everything we eat, use, and wear on a daily basis. But too few children truly understand this great contribution. This is particularly true in the schools, where students are exposed to agriculture on a limited basis. With a small number of children living on farms, many do not understand how their food gets from the farm to their plates. Additionally, they are not aware that many common household items are produced from various agricultural crops. It is important that youth continue to learn about agriculture, how it relates to their food supply and other products, and how to keep their food safe.
Research indicates lack of healthy nutrition and physical activity are key factors for putting children at risk for being overweight or obese. Statistics show that fresh produce is often perceived as expensive and therefore not offered to children on a daily basis at home. While schools have fruits and vegetables on their menus, many are left on the plate. This is a result of not being familiar with certain food items.
Agricultural and food safety and nutrition education are combined to help students understand the importance of agribusiness in local and state economies as well as the many benefits of whole, healthy and safe foods. The objective is to help students understand that the process begins at a farm and ends on their tables.
For more details and registration information please contact your local 4-H agent >