Okeechobee County offers agriculture program to elementary students

Credit: WPTV News | West Palm Beach
Published on May 16, 2019 - Duration: 01:31s

Okeechobee County offers agriculture program to elementary students

Okeechobee County is known for farmers, ranchers and a nationally-recognized cattle industry, and this is trickling down to the classroom.


Okeechobee County offers agriculture program to elementary students

FARMERS, RANCHERS AND ANATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CATTLEINDUSTRY.

THIS TRICKLES DOWNTO THE CLASSROOM.

THREE YEARSAGO THE COUNTY BECAME THEFIRST DISTRICT IN SOUTHFLORIDA TO OFFER ANAGRICULTURE PROGRAM AT THEELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEVEL.

WPTVNEWSCHANNEL FIVE'S ARTHURMONDALE SHOWS YOU - THEPROGRAM COMBINESRESPONSIBILITY ANDSUSTAINABILITY.<<Natburst Clip 1761(22:41:52)"Slurp!" HUNGRYCALFS ARE FED&.EGGS ARECOLLECTED&.AND RIPE VEGETABLESARE PICKED DAILY ON THE FARMAT EVERGLADES ELEMENTARY.

Ifthey're going to be involvedin agriculture they need toknow everything there is toknow aboutagriculture."(22:57:0 3)THERE'S RABBITS TO TEND TO,CHICKEN COOPS TO CLEAN ANDPLENTY OF RAKING ANDCOMPOSTING&IT'S ALL PART OFEVERGLADES AG PROGRAM.

AREQUIREMENT FOR THE SCHOOL'SAPPROXIMATELY 770 STUDENTS.It's not your average everyday'sit down in the classroompencil and paper work.'

We'reout here, we're talking, we'rehaving conversations."(23:06:29) Our animals are here areprojects they're notpets."(22:50:08) TEACHERS CALLIT SCIENCE AND SELF-SUSTAINING NUTRITION AT WORK.You can actually grow and eatyour own food."(22:50:31) BUTTHE PROGRAM DOESN'T STOP HERE,STUDENTS ALSO SELL LIVESTOCKAT THE COUNTY FAIR ENSURING NOCOST TO THE DISTRICT.

Raisedanimals, sold them as aproject at the county fair andthen that funds the nextyear's project."(22:54:15)THIS IS A GLIMPSE OFOKEECHOBEE'S NEXT GENERATIONOF FARMERS AND RANCHERS& Theimportance of an agriculturalcommunity teaching our kidsabout many jobs and manyopportunities in the field ofagriculture."(22:54:3 3)Everglades Elementary's AgProgram is so popular it eveninspired two neighboringcounties to develop their own.There's even this book, If YouGive a Schoo

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