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Nearly 500 students from Bolivia Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Town Creek Elementary, Belville Elementary and Supply Elementary attended the 2010 4-H Life on the Farm program at Funston Farm in Winnabow on Sept. 21, 22, 24 and Oct. 6, 7 where a day in the classroom outdoors-style was accompanied by a hayride and tour of the farm owned by Wilbur and Mary Earp.
The tour educated students on crops and animals grown on the farm, which included swine, beef cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat and hay.
In an effort to aid teachers in instructing students on these subjects, Brunswick County Master Gardener volunteers were joined by 4-H and Cooperative Extension staff to teach students classes on soils, composting/vermicomposting, plant growth and usage, plant needs, the life cycle of the plant and seeds.
Seed necklaces and plant people crafts made by students during their classes gave youth a better idea about the concept of germination and what plants need to survive. By offering a fun, educational experience through school enrichment programs, 4-H and teachers found a way to reach students that sometimes have difficulty learning in a traditional classroom environment.
The program will be offered again to all elementary schools in the county next fall and hopefully additional schools will be able to join in this learning experience.
Workers for the event included: Master Gardener volunteers Ford Balch, Ken Barker, Sharon Benson, Carol DeLude, Bill Dinsdale, Lourdes Garcia-Levis, Bob Gelinas, Anita Handler, Maryann Horgan, Joe Loughlin, Dominique Lowenstein, Tristan Mardall, Tom Pezanowski, Ron Wedekind and Grace Wrigley; Cooperative Extension staff Gina Britton, Susan Brown, Blair Green, Brad Kammer, Leslie Kammer, Bette Rose, Charlie Spencer and Ash Tyler; and NC Farm Bureau field representatives Jessica Hucks, A.J. Carroll, Angie Lawrence and Bobbi Jane Lawrence.