“Milk: From the Dairy to your Door,” introduces students to the dairy industry. Students are taught about dairy products, breeds of cattle, lactation, nutrition and digestion. They are also taught about milk processing methods, both past and present. Essentially the students will witness how milk travels from the cow to the grocery store, and eventually into their home where they can enjoy a refreshing cold glass, everyday. This program connects the student’s everyday lives to the dairy industry, signifying its importance.
“Cotton: From the Field to your Family,” introduces students to the cotton industry. Students are taught about cotton products, growth requirements, plant anatomy, and photosynthesis. The role of a farmer and pest control adviser is discussed along with the introduction of pests associated with cotton farming. Students learn the importance of the industrial revolution as well as cotton processing methods, both past and present. Essentially, the students will witness how cotton fiber becomes a usable product such as a shirt. This program connects the student’s everyday lives to the cotton industry, signifying its importance.
Because of the popularity of the courses currently, offered we are expanding the program to include a course on “Food and Nutrition: From Fork to Farm.” This new curriculum is built on the USDA’s ‘My Plate’ diagram. Students will learn about daily nutrition requirements while building a fresh, healthy taco. They will then travel back to the farm where each ingredient used to make the healthy taco is grown. On their trip students will learn about the processing methods used for each of the ingredients and meet the farmers that grow their food. It is all wrapped up in one fun investigative journey that teaches students where their food comes from.