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Student Farmers is actively looking to recruit a student ambassador in Kansas, as well as farm mentors in Kansas that can help guide students. Overall, student farming is a great way to reduce the distance from farm to table and increase health for students as well as their parents.
Here is an overview on Student Farmers
Student Farmers is a growing group of students who are committed to in-home and in-school sustainable farming as a means to promote physical fitness and environmental stewardship.
Our Mission: To improve health and nutrition education, combat the challenges of climate change, and support each other in generating some revenue to help pay for college.
Our Vision: To increase knowledge about the advantages of eating more heathy and locally grown vegetables across the range of high school and college age students. We also hope that many of the parents of the students will learn from their children’s engagement in our organization and adopt a diet with less processed foods to reduce the growing cost of healthcare.
Here is an example of an agriculture education program in Kansas:
SE Kansas students celebrate “Agriculture Earth Day”
COLUMBUS, Kans. — Some students in Southeast Kansas celebrated Earth Day a day early.
180 fourth grade students from across Cherokee County were in Columbus today for “Agriculture Earth Day.” The annual event is hosted by the Cherokee County Farm Bureau.
10 stations were set up at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds — each focusing on a different aspect of Kansas agriculture. Subjects ranged from beef and pork to honeybees and goats.
“Some grew up on a farm or are growing up on a farm, but some are kind of removed from it and so we want to make sure that that connection stays good and that the relationship between farmers and ranchers is a good one,” said Holly Johnson, Cherokee County Farm Bureau County Coordinator.
“And we are looking around to see what all Kansas is about and what you can do with it,” said Mia Boeckman, Central Elementary Student.
“My favorite thing that we’ve done so far was learning about how everything came from Kansas, like pizza, like how different ingredients actually came from Kansas,” said Presley Crotts, Central Elementary Student.
“Agriculture Earth Day” has been a tradition for the County for more than 20-years.