Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Communications has collaborated with WKAR to produce a new mini-series called “Did You Know?” The mini-series features 90-second videos focusing on programs within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Many of the videos focus on Michigan State University Extension programs.
In case you missed any of the videos, you can view them on the MSU ANR YouTube site here.
The “Did You Know?” videos include:
- 4-H Partnership with Ingham County Family Center
- 4-H Science Blast
- Black Stallion Literacy
- Eat Right – Active Life
- The Great Dairy Adventure
- MSU Local Beef Initiative
- Ready, Set, Read
As developed, other videos will be offered to WKAR for consideration, including a piece on the First Book/early childhood literacy book give-away that we highlighted last week in this email and blog, and a recent 4‑H recruitment event.
Stephanie M. Reuter, Michigan State University Extension 4-H program assistant in Ingham County, is connecting kids to their food – from the garden to the table. Stephanie coordinates a program at the Ingham County Family Center in Lansing using a $10,000 4-H Participation Fee Grant. The center on 22 acres includes a high school, Ingham Academy, and an evening program called Pride. Stephanie and an AmeriCorps member-in-training work with court-involved youth tending about an acre of land and raising five egg-laying chickens. A hoop house on the grounds contains raised beds for growing greens. The students eat the produce that they grow for lunch and dinner. A four-week cooking program that used produce and eggs from the site was such a hit with the kids that the classes are being held again.
Youth tend an acre of land on the Ingham County Family Youth Center grounds.
Last year more than 100 youth were part of the program. It seeks to get kids involved with the food they eat by learning how to grow their own and at the same time increasing the amount of produce that they eat, leading to a healthier lifestyle. But the program does not stop with just growing and eating. The youth test their entrepreneurial skills selling the produce at farm stands at county buildings and on the school grounds. Adult volunteers led by the AmeriCorps member are helping out with projects – cleaning up the garden, planting garlic and creating a native butterfly garden in an island of the parking lot.
The program has grown substantially in a short time and because of the enthusiasm of the youth, volunteers and staff members like Stephanie, the project should continue to make a difference with the youth at the center.
Youth use eggs from these chickens in cooking classes in the MSUE 4-H program at the Ingham County Family Center.