Not every fifth grader gets to learn what it is like to go to college and study agriculture. But this year 650 students from the Columbus area did get the chance. Students and faculty from Ohio State University hosted the 14th annual Micki Zartman Scarlet and gray Ag Day at OSU's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences last month.
The theme for this year's event was "Super Heroes in Our Fields" and it certainly took a super effort by a lot of people to pull it off. The committee of 33 students started organizing way back last spring, said Nicole Steinmetz, one of the co-chairs along with Emily Jewell and Morgan Large. More meetings took place in September and October. The group gathered 56 different sponsors to help support the project.
"With only 1.7% of the American population directly connected with production agriculture, society is becoming more and more disconnected from the land and the impact agriculture has on our everyday lives," say the organizers. "Scarlet and gray Ag Day hopes to inspire these youth to become involved and interested in addressing agricultural topics such as fuel energy resources, world hunger and issues of food security."
Students from Central College, Fairbanks, Homeschool, Brookside, Ridgemont, Winchester trail , Olentangy Meadows and Summit Road STEM attended the event. They moved through various sessions including canulated cows, super bugs, composting, veterinary practice, wool production, eggs and chicks, protecting our food, green beans, agrichemistry, renewable resources and fighting diseases.
"We've had a great day," said Emily Adams, a teacher from Winchester Trails. "Ohio State students put a lot of work into this and it's worth it. Most of these children think their food comes from a grocery store. Now they get to see there so much more to it."
Here are some scenes from Scarlet and Gray Ag Day.