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AgVenture 2014!

Jim Serfass teaching fourth graders about watersheds
Jim Serfass teaching fourth graders about watersheds
Image Credit: 
Jeff Myers

What do you get when you mix together 4th graders, chickens, milk, soil, water, whole grains, and a giant combine? AgVenture! For the second year in row, the University of Maryland Extension Carroll County Office, with the support of the Carroll County Ag Center and the Maryland Grain Producers, hosted 4th graders from local schools on May 13th and 15th for a unique, hands-on educational experience.  Over 130 students from Cranberry Station Elementary School and Robert Moton Elementary spent the day learning about the various processes, products, and benefits of grain production and other areas of agriculture.

The students rotated through five different learning stations which included hands-on experiments, such as testing the pH of soil, observing fat content in milk, and investigating the effects of best management land-use practices on a model watershed.  Students also had an opportunity to make a grain-based snack and get up close and personal with live chickens as they learned about poultry production. Each AgVenture lesson was taught by UME staff and was meant to give students a look at the bigger picture of Maryland agriculture and how it affects all of our lives on a daily basis.  Each student left the Carroll County Ag Center with a bag of donated items representing Maryland agriculture and a greater understanding of the work that the University of Maryland Extension does on a daily basis.

The UME Carroll County Office looks forward to offering AgVenture again in May, 2015 and hopes to include even more students in the fun next year!

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