Posted by: an acre of oklahoma | November 13, 2009

Farm To You, An Interactive Educational Adventure

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Megan Maxson, Nowata County Extension Educator

Last week the Oklahoma Union School and the Nowata Elementary School hosted the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service exhibit, Farm To You.  The exhibit is presented at no cost to schools and organizations, however, there are requirements, such as space, volunteers and number of children.

Farm To You is a traveling interactive adventure for elementary school children that follows food from the farm to the market and through the body to explore the relationships between agriculture, food and health. Coordinated by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Farm to You is a collaboration between state agency, commodity and community partners.

Farm to You consists of a 40′ by 40′ enclosed walk-through exhibit with nine stations. It is designed to involve kindergarten through 6th- grade students in learning how foods from the farm are used by their bodies for good health. Students make their own way through the exhibit by visiting unique Farm to You stations.

  • Cheeseburger Farm
  • To Market
  • Healthy Cool Cafe
  • Mouth
  • Stomach
  • Small Intestine
  • Muscle
  • Bone
  • Skin

Students spend about six minutes participating in activities and learning about the relationships between agriculture, food and health.

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Mouth Station

Farm to You Objectives

  • Children will learn that farms provide food for good health
  • Children will learn to use food labels to make healthy choices
  • Children will learn about the digestive system
  • Children will learn the importance of physical activity and personal hygiene to good health
  • Children’s eating and health behaviors will improve
  • Awareness will increase among parents, school personnel and community members about the importance of teaching children healthy habits

The above information was found in the Farm To You Brochure printed and issued by the Oklahoma State University.

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Small Intestine Station

The Oklahoma Union School Coordinator was Brenda Taylor and the Nowata School Elementary Coordinator was Lisa Kincade.  Many community volunteers participated at both schools, both in  setting-up the exhibit and presenting the stations.  The kids going through the exhibit were asking questions, telling stories and having lots of fun.

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The Skin Station

For more information contact your Oklahoma County Extension Office or Diana Romano, Farm to You Exhibit Coordinator, (405) 713-1125, ext. 2122 or diana.romano@okstate.edu.

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Protect Your Skin

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Importance of Hand Washing

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The Lung Station

This is just another example of the fantastic things that goes on in our Nowata County area. Great schools! Great Community Volunteers! Great Nowata County Extension Staff!

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