GF County 4-H Outreach Programs
Experience Agriculture, Special Assignment: Pizza is a collaborative program between the ND Farm Bureau and the NDSU Extension services in Walsh, Pembina and Grand Forks Counties. This program is designed to give students a hands-on learning opportunity regarding the agricultural products that are raised in the local area.
For approximately one and a quarter hours, fourth grade students from Walsh, Pembina and Grand Forks counties visit a series of seven booths, each of which describes an agricultural product produced right here in the Red River Valley. Themes of the seven booths are: nutrition, dairy products, vegetables, sugar, beef & pork products, wheat, and oil products. In the process of visiting and participating in the hands-on activities at each booth the students come to realize that the agricultural products that are produced right here, can be made into something every fourth grader is familiar with, PIZZA!
In the vegetable booth the participants become familiar with different vegetable seeds and then take their chances at identifying vegetables in the "Mystery Boxes". The dairy booth teaches about all of the products that come from milk; especially cheese. In the beef and pork booth, the students learn about different kinds of meat while playing "Squeal of Fortune". In the nutrition booth the students take part in "My Pyramid Bingo" while learning about the importance of eating the right foods. In the sugar booth, participants get to look at and touch actual sugar beets and then see how the beets are processed into sugar. In the wheat booth, they actually get to take turns grinding wheat into flour!
Since pizza is an extremely popular food among children, this educational program is designed to help them relate the foods they are eating to agriculture. We want our youth to realize that food actually comes from agriculture long before it arrives on grocery store shelves.
Fourth graders come to this event from Grand Forks County, Walsh County and Pembina County. Classes are scheduled in groups of 1-20 (with an adult for each group) over a three day period. More than 800 fourth grade students attend the Experience Agriculture, Special Assignment: Pizza program.
4-H Shooting Sports
Archery sessions are for Youth ages 8 to 18 (no exceptions). Weekly sessions are held at the Red River Archers Club in Grand Forks for 8 weeks starting in the spring. There is a fee per participant to attend, archery equipment will be provided (bring your own eye protection and finger guards) and all sessions are held indoors.
Black Powder sessions are for Youth ages 10 to 18 (no exceptions). Weekly sessions are held at the East Grand Forks Rod and Gun Club for 8 weeks starting in June for 12 weeks. There is a fee per participant to attend and equipment will be provided (bring your own ear protection).
Shot gun sessions are open to youth ages 10 to 18 (no exceptions). Weekly classes are held at the Dakota Hunting Club and Kennel in Grand Forks starting in June for 10 weeks. There is a fee per participant to attend and you must provide your own equipment. A 20 gauge shotgun is recommended with 7/8 oz. load. A 12 gauge shotgun with 1 oz. load will be allowed if youth can properly handle the shotgun. Both 20 and 12 gauge shotguns should be 1200 fps or less.
Grand Forks Mini-Society Entrepreneurship Summer Camp
For information about GF County 4-H Outreach Programs in your area contact:
NDSU Extension Service
Grand Forks County 4-H
151 4th Street S., S302
Grand Forks, ND 58201-4715