2021 4-H Agriculture Day Camp Recap!

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At this year’s 4-H Agriculture Day Camp, Henderson County youth learned about local agriculture through guest speakers and many interactive activities. Each day focused on a different agricultural theme, from ecosystems to careers.

Day 1: Horticulture

Boy looking at cameraDuring our Horticulture day, we learned allKids sitting about the importance of soil from Henderson County Soil and Water Conservation.

We practiced planting eggshell seed starters using zinnia seeds and created DIY chia pets with cress sprout seeds. 

Two boys eating

Person speakingOur guest speakers taught us about the nutritional benefits of microgreens and adding herbs to our meals. 

Day 2: Agricultural Careers

Girl smiling

Boy looking at hand

On Agricultural Career day, our guest speakers taught us about surprising careers in agriculture through entomology and animal science.

Kids looking at person with butterfly

Kids helping woman with bucketWe learned about the importance of biodiversity and identified biodiversity around Jackson Park through doing a BioBlitz! We also learned what great recyclers cows are and the importance of cows in many areas of agriculture. 

Day 3: Ecosystems

Kids at picnic table Boy looking at wood

We started Ecosystem day off learning about beekeeping and the important role that honeybees play as pollinators.

Kids outside Boy with butterfly net with people in background

We also took our first fieldtrip of the week to a local pollinator farm. Here we learned about the importance of milkweed for monarch butterflies and observed many interesting pollinators! Lastly, we made terrariums to create an ecosystem of our own. 

Day 4: Life on a Farm

man and boy with dog on leash Girl with pigletsWoman directing kids

Our Life on a Farm day began by talking to a local farming family about their day-to-day activities. We met a few of their farm animals and saw how products can be invested back into his farm, for example how cow’s milk

Woman grilling and talking to kidscan be used around the farm to feed piglets. 

Later in the day, we learned about food safety with cooking meat, as well as about goats and genetics from a Carl Sandburg Home Park Ranger. We tried fajitas, created our own goat pedigrees, and practiced making butter!

Day 5: Animal Agriculture

Goats at gate

Kids petting livestock

During our last day of camp, we learned about the many uses of milk through making our own goat milk soap and ice cream in a bag.

PigBoy looking through gate

We also went on a fieldtrip to Animals R Us. Here, we saw firsthand how local farmers can care for their cattle and learned about raising livestock animals.