On Tuesday September 24th, Exploring Ag had their kick off event for the school year!
Students and parents took a hike and hayride through Miller Conservation Farm to hear from the Seneca Conservation District team members about their individual education and career paths as well as what our team does as a whole. The different areas of the farm highlight the many different services that we are proud to provide for the county. Throughout the farm there are examples of our work in education, conservation farm production, wildlife habitat management, and drainage assistance. Miller Farm is a representation of the work we love to do throughout the entire county.
Katie Cole and Hallie Williams with OSU Extension took over after the hike with an ice breaker activity and a game of “Species the Feces” where the students had to identify which species of animal a sample of feces came from. The game highlighted the wonderful unpredictability of the questions and topics that come up in Hallie’s position, which is one of her favorite aspects of her job. Producers often walk into her office looking for answers to questions ranging from manure to weeds to pesticide certifications and she does her best to answer them all.
The focus of the evening was to have the students get to know each other as we kick off the beginning of this yearlong program and highlight the different career and education paths available right here in the county. The evening wrapped up with delicious pizza and discussion of the upcoming events!
October 29th – at POET
November 14th – at Terra State Community College
December 3rd – at Kalmbach Feeds
*Winter dates to be announced*
Exploring is a program through the Boy Scouts of America that exists to teach important life and career skills to young people from all backgrounds through immersive career experiences and mentorship provided by community and business leaders. This is the very first Agricultural Post in the nation and it is right here in Seneca County! Our county and out-of-county high school students have the opportunity to learn about the county’s agriculture, tour local Ag business, and find a career path right in their backyard. The group will meet monthly to visit different businesses throughout the school year.
If you have any questions or are interested in participating in this one of a kind program, please email ExploringAg@gmail.com or call 419-447-9722.