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Volume 7, Issue 1

QUARTERLY OUTREACH MAGAZINE

Winter 2018

Veggies and Fruits to Plant Now

REACHING. TEACHING. SERVING.


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Your quarterly update and look into what’s going on at FAMU Cooperative Extension Program. We remain dedicated to reaching out to serve farmers, rural and urban families, elderly, youth, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and underserved communities .

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1740 S. Martin Luther King Jr, Blvd., 215 Perry Paige Building South Tallahassee, FL 32307 Voice: 850-599-3546 * Fax: 850-561-2151* TDD: 850-561-2704 Web: www.famu.edu/cep

Research and Extension Center :

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Winter 2018 Edition, Volume 7, issue 1 Editor: Amelia Davis Contributing Writers: Samuel Barnes* Alex Bolques, PhD Linda Sapp ZaDarreyal Wiggins Contributing Photography: Amelia Davis Linda Sapp

Conchita Newman Erika Willis*

Conchita Newman

*FAMU student workers

FAMU Cooperative Extension Program Associate Director: Vonda Richardson

College of Agriculture and Food Sciences Dean and Director of Land-Grant Programs: Robert Taylor, PhD

Florida A&M University

President: Larry Robinson, PhD

Photos: Front cover- Green leaf lettuce ; Next page)- Strawberry plant; Back cover , Sunflower. All taken at the FAMU Research and Extension Center (Amelia Davis/FAMU CEP)

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FEATURES 6 Sugarcane Syrup Local family sparks life into an old southern art form

9 Extension Spotlight

Associate Director, Vonda Richardson, awarded the 2018 Thomas Monroe Campbell award at Tuskegee University.

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Organic Strawberries

Extension and Arboriculture

Florida A&M, along with UF and NC A&T venture into organic research.

Local arborist provides a closer look into the value of trees.

Strawberry Plant (Amelia Davis/ FAMU CEP)


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CONTENTS

2018 Winter

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Spring Harvest

Vegetables and Fruits to plant for a hearty spring harvest

12 In the News

Spotlight on faculty, staff and students of Cooperative Extension Program and the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences

14 Outreach and Extension Reaching. Teaching. Serving.: Photo galleries of various events

24 AgriSTEM: Pilot Program Takes Flight 25 A Special Message to Our Volunteers

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Vegetables and Fruits to Plant for a Spring Harvest February

March

Get your garden planning started. In some warmer locations you can begin sowing your vegetable seeds outdoors. For cooler areas, February is a great time to sow your tomatoes and peppers. Start drawing out your garden for all the vegetables you want to grow. In late February there are several cool weather vegetables you can directly sow out in the garden .

March is the perfect time to get those tomato and pepper seeds

Broccoli Onions

Herbs Peppers

Lettuce Tomatoes

started indoors ready for an early spring planting! Also a great time to start planting those cool weather vegetables that can withstand those last frost days of March and April .

Beets Broccoli Corn Cucumbers Lettuce Melons Peas Peppers Summer Squash

Cabbage Herbs Onions Spinach Tomatoes

April

May

Yes, Yes, Yes! April is finally here and your garden soil is finally warming up! April is the best time to plant most of your vegetable seeds after your last frost. It’s still not too late to plant tomatoes and peppers from seeds as well. Check out the below vegetables that can be started in April. Be sure to check your gardening zone for last frost dates.

Finally warm temperatures are here to stay and you don’t have to worry about that frost. You may think it’s too late to grow all your favorite vegetables from seed but warm May temperatures have made the soil perfect for sowing seeds. Warm soil will allow for fast germination and growing plants.

Beans Beets Corn Cucumbers Melons Onions Summer Squash

Cabbage Herbs Peas Tomatoes

Carrots Lettuce Pepper-

Beans Beets Carrots Corn Herbs Melons Summer Squash

Cabbage Cucumbers Peppers Tomatoes

Information courtesy of www.ufseeds.com


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Franklin Family Rejuvenates the Dying Art of

Syrup-Making

Sugarcane is a sub-tropical and tropical crop that prefers a lot of sun and water, thus making it ideal to grow in Florida and other southern states. Converting this crop into delicious sugar cane syrup takes patience, skill, and a deep appreciation of farmers that take the time to plant and harvest this crop. One local family, the Franklin Family, takes pride in this art and have been doing it for years. The head of the family, Mr. Amos Franklin, 83, has been making sugar cane syrup for over 60 years. He was taught as a child by his grandparents, John and Emmeline Franklin and has passed on this tradition to his children and grandchildren. This is a family affair that includes: Mrs. Ranzie Mae, wife of Mr. Amos Franklin (middle, with hat) is surrounded by his sons, Craig, Tony and Amos Franklin of 60 years; sons Jeffrey, Tony, Jeffery Franklin. Craig and (son-in-law) Bobby T., and daughters Sandra, Jackie, Valerie, Aquila and May. Located in southern Leon County, Mr. Franklin sons, have been making syrup for over 25 years on the Franklin’s Farm.

This is a generational movement that must be passed down.

The Franklin Family’s delicious sugar cane syrup was highlighted and sampled at the FAMU Cooperative Extension Program’s Farm Field Day in October 2017. Lawrence Carter, PhD, FAMU CEP Director of Outreach Programs and long time friend of the Franklins, introduced Gadsden County Extension Agent, Mr. DJ Wiggins to the Franklins. Mr. Wiggins recruited the Franklins to make sugarcane syrup for the annual farm field day, using sugarcane that was grown and harvested at the FAMU Research and Extension Center, in Quincy, FL. The syrup was a huge hit with attendees and sparked interest in how local farmers can get into making sugar cane syrup and the process. When asked about the process, Tony , son of Amos, broke it down: “The entire process takes about five to seven hours; it takes about two hours to grind the sugarcane stalks, three hours to cook the juice in the kettle, and a couple of hours to cool. The skimming of the cane juice is required throughout the cooking process to help cleaned the syrup. It is best to let the syrup cool for a few hours before jarring.”

Tony Franklin, has passed on the craft of syrup making to his grandchildren: Kabreona, Matthew, and Delscena This is a family tradition, that can be passed on to future generations and contribute to the community.

-Amelia Davis and ZaDarreyal ‘DJ” Wiggins

Stay tuned for Land-Grant Today, an agricultural based television show, sponsored by the FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, hosted by Dr. Jaime Davis, will feature the Franklin

Family Farm and will show the process of sugarcane syrup making in Fall 2018.

FAMU Gadsden County Extension Agent, DJ Wiggins, explains the parts of a sugar cane stalk, at the 2017 FAMU CEP Farm Field Day 6


Making Sugarcane Syrup

Up-close look at the sugarcane going through the grinder and filter, making the sugarcane juice

Grinding the sugarcane through the grinding machine, powered by a lawnmower.

Skimming (debris) removed from the kettle to the bucket. The syrup is being removed from the kettle to the barrel for cooling.

Dipping cane syrup from the kettle into the cooling barrel is needed.

Finished Product: Sugar Cane Syrup

Photos courtesy of Tony and Valerie Franklin


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Extension Spotlight Mrs. Vonda Richardson Associate Administrator FAMU Cooperative Extension Program

Mrs. Vonda Richardson, was honored with the 2018 Thomas Monroe Campbell award , at the 126th Annual Farmers Conference, sponsored by Tuskegee University.

We, the “FAMUly" at FAMU Cooperative Extension Program and the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, would like to extend a CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Vonda Richardson, whom was honored and awarded the 2018 Thomas Monroe Campbell Award! Mrs Richardson, was one of three recipients honored by Tuskegee University on Thursday, February 15, 2018 in

Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Thomas Monroe Campbell was the first appointed Cooperative Extension agent in the United States in November 1906 and headed the first extension program as a field agent for USDA. Nationally known and respected as a public servant, Campbell was also author of the book, “Movable School Goes to the Negro Farmer”. The recipients honored, whom included the Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama, Mr. Lawrence Haygood, Jr and the President of Paul Quinn College, Mr. Michael J. Sorrel, were given the awards as their services and work exemplify the ideas and legacy of Thomas Monroe Campbell. Vonda Richardson has served as Extension Administrator since 2012, and is the first female to hold the position for the FAMU Cooperative Extension Program. She has 22 years of experience working with small-scale farmers and communities in Florida and surrounding states. She has a Bachelor and Master degree in Agricultural Economics from Fort Valley State University and University of Georgia, respectively.

Vonda started her Extension career as a Farm Management Specialist for the 2501 Project in Jefferson, Madison and Suwannee counties in Florida. She has held faculty positions as Project Coordinator and Extension Specialist. As an

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tension Specialist – Marketing & Farm Management, She developed and conducted Extension programs in alternative market development, value-added production, alternative farm enterprises and farm financial management. Notably, she has received national recognition for development of Farm to School efforts throughout the Southeast. FAMU’s Small Farm to School Program, in collaboration with the New North Florida Cooperative, was one of first programs established in the nation in 1996. She has been successful in securing state, federal and private external resources, and has engaged numerous collaborative programs, including the initial development of the Florida Small Farms Alternative Enterprises Focus Team. As Extension Administrator, she has ushered tremendous growth in FAMU’s 4-H and Family & Community Programs, as well as the FAMU Research & Extension Center. She currently serves as Chair-Elect for the Association of Extension Administrators (AEA). She also is one of the three rep-

resentatives from the 1890 Region serving on the Extension Committee on Organization & Policy (ECOP).


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SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC STRAWBERRY PRODUCTION PROJECT AT FAMU RESEARCH AND EXTENSION CENTER

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he University of Florida (UF), North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT), Florida A&M University (FAMU), and Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc. (FOG) are investigating organic strawberry cropping systems that are more environmentally and economically sustainable and resilient to weed, pest and disease pressure through a $1.9 million Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative grant program. The FAMU’s project component is being conducted at the FAMU Extension farm facility in Quincy, Florida headed by Dr. Alex Bolques. He is evaluating the feasibility of low cost high tunnels to increase strawberry crop yields as an alternative to open field production of organic strawberry production in north Florida. Unlike southwest Florida, in the Plant City area, where the bulk of Florida strawberries are produced, cold and freezing temperatures in north Florida can reduced strawberry crop yields. Thus far, the project results have shown that strawberries grown under the protection of a low cost high

tunnel

has

yield

more

strawberries compared to those in an open field production system. Extension educational activities are conducted through field days, trainings, and workshops to inform limited resource and minority farmers, organic producers, and the public about the feasibility of growing strawberries in low cost Plump strawberries, growing on the stem.

high tunnels. The expectation being that by addressing the need

to increase the number of service providers and grower representatives to expand organic strawberry production that it would also diversify strawberry grower populations and conditions in the Southeast.

Alejandro (Alex) Bolques, PhD is the Extension Crop Specialist and Director of FAMU Research and Extension Center , located in Quincy, Florida. Dr. Bolques can be reached at alejandro.bolques@famu.edu.

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Organic strawberries grown in the greenhouse, hydroponics and the low cost high tunnel. All photos were taken at the Research and Extension Center in located in Quincy, Florida, by Amelia Davis/FAMU CEP.


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Congratulations to Senior Veterinary Technology student, Keiyana Johnson, who was the recipient of the 2018 Florida Veterinary Technician Association (FVTA) Student Scholarship award. Jennifer Taylor, PhD, coordinator small farm programs/F AMU Statewide Small F arm Program met with several Congressmen (Senate and House) on the United States Committee on Agriculture, January 30 and 31, 2018 in Washington D.C. Taylor discussed the importance of farmers markets to small farmers and their communities, the key Farm Bill programs that support farmers markets and farmer market communities, and how the 2018 Farm Bill can better serve our underserved farming populations. She was joined by representatives of the Farmers Market Coalition. Follow up meeting was held in February at the Georgia Organic Conference. Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) volunteers and FAMU Cooperative Extension’s County Extension Agent Trevor Hylton and FAMU Extension's Research Associate, Gilbert Queeley, PhD, were in India through February 28th on a 14day assignment . Mr. Hylton was training farmers and agricultural extension agents in Mandvi, India on "Soil Organic Matter Improvement and Good Agricultural Practices. Dr. Queeley trained farmers and agricultural extension agents on "Establishing Standards for Plant Sample Collection, Preparation, Storage, Analysis, and Interpretation of the Data (farm)" during his assignment.

We would like to welcome, FAMU student, Erika Willis, to the communications team for Cooperative Extension Program. Erika , a 2015 graduate of FAMU DRS is currently a senior Pre-Occupational Therapy student that's graduating in Spring 2018. After graduation, she plans to enroll in graduate school to earn a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy.

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OUTREACH & EXTENSION: REACHING. TEACHING. SERVING.

4-H Day at the Capitol

Photos courtesy of UF/IFAS

Pictures: Clockwise-Group picture of all attendees, FAMU CEP administrator and faculty with FAU DRS and Unity Christian students, 4-H students with Rep. Ramon Alexander, FAMU alumni.

February 22, 2018, 4-H Day at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida. All 4-H groups over the state, including FAMU 4-H kids from FAMU DRS and Unity Christian School, descended on the state’s capitol for a day of fun, educational workshops and visiting their local representatives and other legislators. The 4-H Day at the Capitol Program provides youth with an opportunity to learn more about their state government and experience the political process first hand.

FAMU Day at the Capitol

Pictured: FAMU CEP’s Associate Director, Mrs. Vonda Richardson and Dr. Lawrence Carter at the FAMU reception; organic strawberry display for the attendees.

February 8, 2018, FAMU Day at the Capitol was an opportunity to expose the Florida Senate and House elected officials to our annual lobbying agenda. FAMU faculty staff, alumni and students were on hand to partake in the various activities that included the reception, where FAMU Cooperative Extension’s organic strawberries, where on display and available for tasting.

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FAMU Day at the Capitol reception highlighted the fresh organic strawberries that are grown and harvested at the FAMU Research and Extension Center, located in Quincy, FL

Farm Field Day 2017

FAMU CEP’s Farm Field Day, held on a cold and overcast December 9. 2017 at the FAMU Research and Extension Center in Quincy, Florida. However, a great time was had by all from various workshops on crops and animals, hands-on demos and a healthy lunch was provided.

Photos: Clockwise– Attendees observe a demo given on caretaking of goats; seminar on grass-feed cattle; the Garden of Greens; Youth and the Law volunteers presented with certificates from Mrs. Vonda Richardson.

Photos: Amelia Davis/FAMU CEP


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Add More Vegetables to Your Day It's easy to eat more vegetables! Eating vegetables is important because they provide vitamins and minerals and most are low in calories. To fit more vegetables in your day, try them as snacks and add them to your meals. 1. Discover fast ways to cook: Cook fr esh or fr ozen vegeta bles in th e micr owa ve for a qu ick -and-easy dish to add to any meal. 2. Be ahead of the game: Cu t u p a ba tch of bell pepper s, ca u liflower , or br occoli. P r e -package them to use when time is limited. 3. Choose vegetables rich in color: Br igh ten you r pla te with vegeta bles th a t a r e r ed, or a n ge, or da r k gr een . Th ey a r e fu ll of vitamins and minerals. Also, try acorn squash, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, or collard greens 4. Check the freezer a isle: F r ozen vegeta bles a r e qu ick a n d ea sy to u se a n d a r e ju st a s n u tr itiou s a s fr esh veggies. Tr y a ddin g frozen vegetables, such as corn, peas, edamame, or spinach, to your favorite dish. 5. Stock up on veggies: Ca n n ed vegeta bles a r e a gr ea t a ddition to a n y mea l, so keep on h a n d ca n n ed toma toes, kidn ey bea n s, garbanzo beans, mushrooms, and beets. Select those labeled as “reduced sodium,” “low sodium,” or “no salt added.” 6. Make your garden salad glow with color : Br igh ten you r sa la d by u sin g color fu l vegeta bles su ch a s bla ck bea n s or a voca dos, sliced red bell peppers, onions, shredded radishes, carrots, etc. 7. Sip on some vegetable soup: H ea t it a n d ea t it. Tr y toma to, bu tter n u t squ a sh , or ga r den vegeta ble sou p. 8. While you’re out: I f din n er is a wa y fr om h ome, n o n eed to wor r y. Wh en or der in g, a sk for a n extr a side of vegeta bles or a side salad instead of the typical fried side dish. Ask for toppings and dressings on the side. 9. Savor the flavor of seasonal vegeta bles: Bu y vegeta bles th a t a r e in sea son for ma ximu m fla vor a t a lower cost. Ch eck you r local supermarket specials for the best in -season buys. Or visit your local farmers market. 10. Vary your veggies: Ch oose a n ew vegeta ble th a t you ’ve never tried before Courtesy of www.myplate.gov

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Forestry and Conservation Education (FACE) Summer Program

June 18 - 29, 2018 Perry Paige Building, Florida A&M University Ages: 13-17 /Grades: 8-11th Free program The Forestry and Conservation Education (FACE) Summer Program provides students an opportunity to explore careers related to forestry and natural resources. FACE participants will learn about a wide range of topics related to agriculture and natural resources including forestry, plants, water, soil, fish and wildlife. This program promotes environmental stewardship and conservation. For more information, contact Kimberly Davis at 850-412-6515 or at kimberly.davis@famu.edu.

Entomology Insect Science Summer Camp June 11-15, 2018 8am – 5pm Perry Paige Building, Florida A&M University Ages 8-11 (Capacity 20) Cost $75 per person

Application Deadline: May 18, 2018

For additional information, contact Sabrina Hayes at 850-561-2304 or at sabrina.hayes@famu.edu.


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National Arbor Day April 27, 2018

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Extension Educator and Local Arborist Re-Defines Arboriculture The one thing that anyone, whom has either grown up or spent a

considerable amount of time in the North Florida region, could honestly say that there are tons of trees, especially the ones that have huge mossdraped branches, towering over the roads, which we call Canopy Roads. These trees create a tunnel-like path as you drive through, providing shade to the road beneath them, while contributing to the southern charm Tallahassee (and surrounding areas) are known for. Do you ever wonder what exactly goes into taking care of the trees or who actually does it? Arborists, who have been certified by the “International Society of Arboriculture” (ISA), are the ones whom are called to correctly care for trees, shrubbery and other woody plants. One local Arborist and Mr. Samuel Hand. (Photo courtesy Charlie Marcus)

Associate Professor with FAMU Cooperative Extension Program, Mr. Samuel Hand, who is also an ISA “Certified Arborist” would be the one to call, as

Hand has over 40 years of experience in the fields of landscape architecture and arboriculture, in both of which he provides annual training workshops, certification classes and consultations via home and commercial site visits. The importance of arboriculture, which is defined as the cultivation, management and study of individual trees and shrubs, becomes more complex, as issues such as risk management, legal issues, aesthetics and monetary loss come into play. For example, if a natural disaster occurred, a qualified arborist such as Hand would be able to assess the situation to help determine if the damaged tree(s) can be repaired, or should be replaced. He can also assist in helping clients in learning how they can determine the value of their lost and/or damaged trees for insurance purposes. He would be able to help assess options on how to bring value back to a property, by either repairing salvageable trees or, if necessary, replacing severely damaged trees with a species appropriate for the site. Just to put this into perspective, a large “Heritage” live oak tree in the Tallahassee area, threatened with possible damage from nearby construction, was inspected by Hand and was appraised for $67,000. According to Hand, “trees have monetary value to them. Companies, such as Disney and Bush Gardens, pay large sums of money to have quality trees installed in their theme parks, and then spend more dollars for professionally trained arborists to maintain and care for them, all in order to create the proper atmosphere for their visitors. Trees may add as much as 30% to the appraisal value of a property.” Along with consultations, training is very pertinent to tree care. As a land-grant institution, through extension we provide outreach of our resources to address the public needs. Under this mission, Hand conducts 3-4 annual classes a year for the “Project Learning Tree” Program, which trains elementary education majors from local universities how to deliver environmental education to elementary school-aged students. Hand also provides educational seminars and training for the arboricultural industry. For example, he annually conducts workshops for Talquin Electric, a locally member-owned, non-profit electric utility distribution cooperative, in which he provides training for their employees and pruning crews on proper methods for pruning trees. Knowing

how to prune correctly helps the worker to minimize unnecessary injury when trimming to provide utility line clearance. This training for Talquin’s employees and sub-contractors must be provided annually if Talquin wishes to maintain its coveted designation as a “Tree Line USA” utility. This designation, which is awarded by the “Arbor Day Foundation” requires the utility to maintain an on-going education program for its employees and sub-contractors. Programs such as these, are just some of the services provided by FAMU’s Cooperative Extension Program. If you or anyone you know, located in the Big Bend region, have questions or concerns regarding the care of your trees, feel free to contact Mr. Samuel Hand at 850-599-3546. -Amelia Davis Mr. Samuel Hand, earned a BLA from the University of Florida ‘64 and a Masters in Urban Design from Florida State University ‘69. Mr. Hand continues to serve on numerous boards and has received many awards and recognition. He is currently working on multiple projects, which include the Highway 98 Beatification Project for Apalachicola and the Bok Tower Gardens Tree Preservation project. He was selected as Florida’s “Outstanding Professional” in 2015, by the Florida Urban Forestry Council’s “Friends of Our Urban Forest Awards Committee.”


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AgriSTEM

Pilot Program Takes Flight The FAMU Cooperative Extension Program (CEP) Agri-STEM for Middle School Students Program started as a pilot program implementing its platform in middle schools in Leon, Franklin Gadsden and Jefferson counties. The Agri-Stem for Middle School Students Program has served to provide open avenues for interdisciplinary communication, education, and enthusiasm among middle school students and their teachers. The ultimate goal of this program is to increase the skilled workforce entering into the field of Agri-STEM, to increase the awareness of participating students of the interrelationships among Agri-STEM and potential careers, and to positively impact student retention rates. FAMU CEP’s AgriSTEM team has worked to create a brand that would appeal to teachers and students. In the effort to expand the knowledge and program development, the team has received a capacity grant to continue to build partnerships and pipelines to the studies and careers related to agricultural sciences. The AgriSTEM activities include hands on activities and career activities. The hands on activities will support Florida’s science curriculum as outlined by the Next Generation Sunshine State Science and Mathematics Standards. All of the activities will include introduction of activity, performance of activity and discussion of results. Middle school students participating will:      

Learn global interdependence Explore career options Establish healthy, supportive relationships Apply public speaking skills Identify problems facing American agriculture Learn importance of environmental stewardship -Conchita Newman Students at all three AgriSTEM classes. (Photos: Conchita Newman and Amelia Davis)

AgriSTEM Team Conchita Newman, Extension Agent Food Science STEM exper iential activities investigate the natur e of foods, the basis of deter ior ation, the pr inciples of food pr oduction and processing, and the enhancement of foods for the consumer. Kimberly Davis, Extension Agent Natural Resources STEM studies topics r elated to for estr y and the natur al envir onment including water shed concepts, soil and water conservation, wildlife, energy and the impacts of human behavior. Sabrina Hayes, Extension Agent Entomology STEM activities give students an oppor tunity to explor e and investigate entomological issues such as natur al histor y, insect ecology, insect behavior, conservation biology, and insect pest management.

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On behalf of FAMU Cooperative Extension Program (CEP), I would like to give a special “Thank You” to all the FAMU student volunteers who participated in various projects at the Wakulla OneStop Community Center Garden and the FAMU Research and Extension Center (REC). Great volunteer help is always good to find especially in crisis situations. However, it was great to have all of you assist me with the projects and I hope you’ve enjoyed the hands on experiences.

FAMU student volunteer at the Wakulla OneStop Center garden

By helping FAMU CEP, not only have you gained a vast amount of insight, but as many of you have realized from these experiences, you have gained invaluable knowledge of the real world through hands-on work. You've also explored your career interest or selected a new hobby, at the same time. By volunteering, you are able to express your interests and character by looking at the world from an environmental perspective.

To me, it is an eye opening experience to realize that doing even small things can have a big impact on others, just by lending a hand. So again...we thank you! -Linda Sapp Coordinator, Educational and Training Programs FAMU student volunteer at the FAMU REC garden


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