MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – For the fourth year in a row, the Agricultural Education Club brought farming to the city through their Agriculture Awareness Day at the University of Minnesota.
Despite the cold weather, the sun still shined to provide a great environment for the Agricultural Education Club to connect Minnesota agriculture to the University community. Farmers and agricultural organizations lined Church Street on the East Bank of Minneapolis Campus in an effort to share their agricultural story.
Members of the Agricultural Education Club joined with 17 agricultural organizations to host interactive displays sharing the story of Minnesota agriculture. Among the booths, the animals were quite popular. The animals lining Church Street included a dairy calf, chickens, ewe (mother sheep) with baby lambs, llamas, beef cattle, goats, and a pig. About forty preschool students had the opportunity to attend three stations including an animal tour, educational story and planting a seed activity.
For many visitors on Minneapolis campus, Ag Awareness Day is a brand new experience for them. “The Agriculture Education club is proud to host an event that connects University students and faculty to the roots of rural agriculture. The animals and interactive nature of this event make it a great place for people to ask their questions about where their food comes from and how it is produced” said Ag Awareness Day Communications co-chair, Kate Maertens, a senior majoring in Agricultural Education.
The impact made during six hours on Church Street through Ag Awareness Day was clearly shown through the social media buzz, questions asked, and photos taken. Check out some favorite memories posted on Twitter (@UMNAgAware, #AgAware13) and on their Facebook page. The Agricultural Education Club is proud of the event and already making plans for next year!
The Agricultural Education Club is the oldest student organization on the St. Paul Campus and is open to students of all majors. The Ag Ed Club is a professional leadership development organization, which prepares students for careers in agriculture, food, and natural resource sciences.