More than 1,100 first graders gathered at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds in Jefferson May 12 for an interactive agricultural experience. The Ag Day event, coordinated by Ashtabula County Farm Bureau and OSU Extension, gave 1,053 students from more than 14 elementary schools in the area a chance to get up close and personal with agriculture.
With more than $15,000 in donations and over 300 volunteers, students were able to visit 26 different exhibits where they learned about livestock, fruits and vegetables, honey, dairy, grains and nutrition.
Mandy Orahood, Ashtabula County organization director, said this event showcases the best of agriculture in the community.
“Most people are two to three generations removed from the farm, meaning most of these children are not raised in agriculture, and we get to potentially be their first ‘farm’ experience,” Orahood said. “Many schools are unable to attend off premises field trips, so we provide the funds for the schools to transport the children to Ag Day.”
Ashtabula County Farm Bureau won the Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals Friend of Extension award last December for its work with OSU Extension, which included last year’s Ag Day. The award is the highest honor the council gives to individuals, businesses or other organizations which support the mission of OSU Extension.