Ag Camp offers youth first-hand view of farming

GREENFORD- Now a 15 year tradition, Ag Camp still thrives with excited campers to learn about agriculture and where there food comes from. Ag Camp was a brainstorm developed by camp coordinator, Kimberly Moff, to promote agriculture and remind children where their food truly comes from- down on the farm. Children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade spend three days learning about how food grows, the importance of farm animals and even how to prepare their own food for a family picnic. Ag Camp is planned and organized by the Mahoning County Youth Agricultural Association and the Mahoning County Junior Fair Board. The camp is co-sponsored by Agland Coop and Witmer’s Feed and Grain so the campers can take home t-shirts, crafts, game prizes and more.

Mahoning County Junior Fair Board youth take on counselor and teaching roles to help prepare them for their leadership roles at the Canfield Fair. Advisors work along side the older youth as mentors, and members of the agriculture community visit the camp as guest teachers and visitors. With a generous offer for a new location, the Bobcat Space Center & Smokehouse BBQ joined in the efforts at the old South Range Middle School, allowing the opportunity to visit neighboring family farms. Each year a different theme is selected and the excitement begins as the campers go on an “ag-venture” to learn about how important agriculture is in everyday lives, whether visiting New York, the County Fair, a Luau or across the ocean.

The theme for the 2013 camp was a Visit to the Medieval Fair. Over 40 children learned about wheat, vegetables and fruit; then how to make bread, pot pies and fruit pies. They even made their own butter for the fresh wheat bread. Guest speaker Barb Moff taught about sheep and wool, and then helped the kids make felt. Children also enjoyed a visit from a local farmer, Dwayne Felger, as he shared his yak, camel, goat and even a baby kangaroo.

To learn more about Ag Camp Down on the Farm contact Kimberly or Kristina Moff at 330-547-6633 or visit its Facebook page: Ag Camp Down on the Farm.