by Katie Martin, Extension Agent – 4-H Youth Development, UT Extension Smith County
In an effort to encourage sharing the positive message about agriculture, November 15 – 21, 2020, has been declared as “Agriculture Literacy Week in Tennessee”.
Smith County 4-H was excited to do our part in spreading agriculture literacy by reading an accurate, age-appropriate book about agriculture to the kindergarten, first, and second grade classes at Forks River Elementary School. Abby Malone, 10th grade, and Gabe Harville, 8th grade, are active members of the Smith County 4-H Community Club. They read books including Tops and Bottoms and Where Oh Where, Does the Yellow Corn Grow. They also helped explain how vital farmers are in our day-to-day lives to the students and encouraged them to “thank a farmer.” The class not only enjoyed listening to the book, but also eagerly soaked up the information. They asked some great questions and shared how agriculture impacted each of their own lives. We are excited to continue to expand our agriculture literacy program into more classrooms next year!