Wewahitchka Elementary students have ag adventure

10/6/2016

What do you know about Florida agriculture? If you’re not sure, just ask the 74 fifth-graders at Wewahitchka Elementary School. On Sept. 19 they participated in an annual field trip, 4-H Ag Adventures Day, at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy.

4-H Ag Adventures Day is a week-long event designed to teach third- and sixth-grade students in Northwest Florida (Gulf, Franklin, Calhoun, Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla and Jefferson Counties) about agriculture through hands-on learning. Each group of students (an estimated total of 900 for the entire week) rotated through a variety of Florida agriculture related booths taught by Extension Agents, Extension Researchers, and 4-H volunteers with topics ranging from pumpkins, peanuts, pollination, cotton, corn, and soil types.

The field trip began with a fun ride on the Gator-wagons to the farm. As they learned about agricultural crops, they were also given the chance to touch, smell, and even taste some of the products. Some of the student’s favorite things were to walk through the pumpkin field, dig peanuts, pick cotton, walk down into the soil pit, and find their way out of the millet maze. The fifth-graders from Wewahitchka Elementary School had a great day filled with hands-on, outdoor educational activities, even though it was cut a little short due to bad weather in the afternoon.

Now that these students have had a little taste of Florida agriculture we hope they will share their knowledge with their family, friends, and neighbors. Learning about agriculture helps them to understand the link between food growing in a field and what they see in the grocery store. This understanding is becoming more important with changing times.

Let’s practice your agriculture knowledge...

  1. Who were the first people to use pumpkins as a staple in their diets?
  2. What process is used to separate cottonseed from fiber?
  3. What did Native Americans call corn?
  4. Who is known as the “father of the peanut”?
  5. Which has a larger particle size, clay or sand?
  6. What percentage do flowers rely on animals rather than the wind for pollination?

This annual program is sponsored by UF/IFAS Extension, Gulf County Extension Office, Florida 4-H Youth Development, Farm Credit of Northwest Florida, and North Florida Research and Education Center. We want to say a special THANK YOU to everyone who made this fun-filled day possible, especially Wewahitchka Elementary Schools principal, Ms. Bowers, and the fifth grade teachers, Mrs. Morrill, Mr. Brown, Mrs. Stripling, and Mrs. Mahoney.

4-H is a youth development program for youth ages 5-18 that is assisted greatly by adult volunteers. If you are interested in participating as a 4-Her or an adult volunteer, please contact Melanie Taylor at the Gulf County Extension Office. She may be reached at 639-3200 or metaylor@ufl.edu. 4-H is MORE than you ever IMAGINED! Come join the FUN!

Answers to 4-H Ag Adventures Day Quiz:

  1. Native Americans
  2. Ginning
  3. Maize
  4. George Washington Carver
  5. Sand
  6. 90 percent