In an effort to teach children about farming and the importance of the agricultural industry, the Catawba County Cooperative Extension teamed up with local farmers for a kid-centric event.
As part of the Cooperative Extension’s Eat Drink Be Local week, a special Kids Corner was set up at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market in Hickory, North Carolina. The event was designed to help kids learn more about where their food really comes from by having local farmers on hand to answer questions and host fun activities such as a fruit and vegetable scavenger hunt. As NC Cooperative Extension Horticulture-Local Foods agent April Vigardt explains, "I think right now we’re experiencing people having a disconnect between who grows their food and where the food actually comes from."
With a larger event planned as part of the Cooperative Extension’s summer camp program, the farmer's market event demonstrates how parents can introduce their kids to concepts such as how food is grown in a more fun and accessible way.