Food Camp Helps Kids Experience Farms

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
According to the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, three out of four consumers know nothing or very little about farming and ranching. That percentage is even greater for youth. The New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension created Food Camp for Kids, which offers youth between the ages of 9 and 14 the opportunity to learn about farming in their community.

Valencia County has annual agricultural cash receipts of $76 million for livestock and $10.9 million for crops, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture farm statistics. It has a wide variety of food production ranging from beef cattle, pigs and lambs, to fruit orchards, raspberries and garden vegetables. It also produces products such as packaged meat, milk, honey, and flour.

“The idea for Food Camp for Kids came about with the understanding that many people are disconnected from where their food comes from, especially youth,” said Newt McCarty, NMSU extension agent in Valencia County. “We wanted to show them where their food comes from with actual experiences of seeing the livestock, honey and berry farms, orchard and dairy that exist in their county.”

Read about Food Camp for Kids.

Related Information

Farm Bill Priority Areas:
Food safety, nutrition, and health
U.S. States and Territories:
New Mexico