Grow Your Own Pizza

Students at Montana State University lead program about agriculture at the Bozeman Boys & Girls Club.

| January 8, 2010

Bozeman, Montana – In a classroom at the Boys & Girls Club in Bozeman, 16 children age 5 to 12, spent a recent morning planting seeds, grinding wheat and squishing tomatoes. Under the direction of Shannon Arnold’s Montana State University agricultural education students, the children were learning where their food came from. At the end of the program, they walked away with a greater understanding of agriculture, the origins of their food and a pizza lunch.

“At the start of the program, the MSU students asked ‘where does your food come from?’ and the answer they got was, ‘the store’,” says Jeanne Quinn-Bucher, the Boys & Girls Club chief professional officer.

“Our goal was to further educate the community on where their food comes from because the Montana economy is based on agriculture,” Arnold says.

Arnold, faculty in agricultural education at MSU, is teaching her students how to instruct in non-formal settings. That includes any place outside the traditional classroom.

“We are being trained to work in agricultural relations,” says Brooke Johns, a senior from Conrad. “This is the sort of program that we might conduct in our work life.”

The five MSU students planned the program, implemented it and will evaluate it in a reflection paper. The program is aimed at teaching children where their food comes from, what food commodities are and how that relates to the children’s lives.

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