The rural, poverty-stricken community of Sylvester, Georgia, with a population of less than 6,200, is bridging arts and agriculture to create the world’s largest sculpture that feeds people. Agricultural researchers and 4-H extension staff at Fort Valley State University combine aeroponic technology with a bee farm, banana farm, and integrated black plastic research to grow traditional crops that feed more than 1,000 households annually for free.
Researchers from the University of Maine have developed the 4-H iCook project to tackle the issue of childhood obesity in the home.
For some underserved students, agriculture is a foreign concept. At Central State University (CSU), a 1890s land-grant institution in Wilberforce, Ohio, the Cooperative Extension Service was determined to change that.
Recognizing visionary leadership and diversity in educational programming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced that Jamie Ellis of the University of Florida will receive the 2020 Excellence in Extension Award and the University of Missouri’s 4-H Center for Youth Development will receive the National Extension Diversity Award.
The pandemic has taken students out of the classroom, but middle and high-schoolers in Oregon and Washington will be able to explore agriculture through immersive experiences, including virtual reality, and other online activities. The program is made possible through a $1 million rapid-response grant from USDA-NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Education and Workforce Development Program, and is one of eight projects nationwide.
Institute of Youth, Family, and Community (IYFC) Presentation at the 1890 Capacity Building Grants Program Project Directors Meeting
Presentation on the Institute of Youth, Family and Community by Division Director Suresh Sureshwaran.
For over 100 years, multiple learning theories have offered growing support for the experiential learning model which serves as one of the frameworks for 4-H programs and curriculum. The experiential learning model allows youth to participate in engaging, stimulating activities that have a real-world basis. The experiential activities help the learners to connect what they are learning to prior knowledge and apply it to new situations or problems. Just as importantly, engaging in shared learning experiences creates social and cultural bonds that influence identity, relationships, goals, and success.
Cooperative extension programs in New York City address nutrition and parenting education, new farmer development, food systems, 4-H youth development, and more.