Thousands of kids play at Northarvest Living Ag in the Classroom
April 15, 2004
By Lynne Bigwood
The Minot Living Ag Classroom met Jan. 29-30 during the KMOT-TV Ag Expo. Over 1,000 fourth grade students and their teachers came to hear our message about agriculture. But, because of the snow, three or four schools also cancelled each day. There was too much snow on the roads and their buses were running late so they couldnt get there. More than one school did arrive late anyway and they just stepped into the rotation at that time.
NDSU Extension -Ward County was extremely helpful and furnished three different members of their staff who helped me for most of the two days when I couldnt find a helper. They were very valuable. My voice gets really hoarse when I have to talk so loud for 4 ½ hours, two days in a row. Their staff also did an agriculture careers booth, so they really did double duty. All in all, the event went very well.
We had seven-minute sessions because we only had 12 booths, which is really good for me. Other people said they covered more information, also. The students enjoy the Bean Crazy! game and would stay and play it again! In fact, one group did play it twice. I misunderstood the start buzzer with a group that was there early. When we finished the supervisor told us to begin. We just started over and did a few more conditions from the boards for each of the four seasons.
The Bismarck Living Ag Classroom met Feb. 17-18 at the Bismarck Civic Center as a part of the KFYR Radio Ag Expo with about the same attendance numbers as Minot. The weather was much milder, however, and several new schools attended from the outlying areas around Bismarck Mandan, Stanton, Wilton, Strasburg and Almont were all first time attendees.
KFYR, the show organizer, sent a cameraman to film a class as they went through the Classroom and featured them on the evening news. Both the stations in Minot and Bismarck gave really good coverage to the Living Ag Classroom preceding and during the event.
I would encourage all of our growers to take the opportunity to come and go through the Fargo Living Ag Classroom at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds Exhibit building on April 20-23. The first three days will have sessions starting at 9 and 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. The last day will just have two sessions at 9 and 11 a.m. Everyone is most welcome to come and join a group for the full hour and a half or just wander quietly through the event at their own pace. There is a lot to be learned a lot by listening to the presentations.
If you live closer to Minot or Bismarck, stop by in 2005. The Minot event is always on Thursday and Friday of their January Ag Expo and Bismarcks February Living Ag Classroom will be on Tuesday and Wednesday of that Ag Expo. They are always held on school days.