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Curating the Farmers of Tomorrow

Ensuring the long-term sustainability of U.S. agriculture requires introducing agricultural education to young people. West Virginia State University’s 4-H is establishing school gardens and leading activities in preschool settings, teaching sustainability, environmental awareness, and appreciation for outdoor spaces to youths under the age of five. To date, the program is available at several schools in three counties, reaching more than 600 youths. Students at two schools saw the highest increase in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activation and inquiry, which school administrators attributed directly to the program’s interactions.

NIFA supports the 1890 Capacity Building Grants Program.

Read more about the project at NIFA’s Data Gateway.

Want to read about more impacts like this? Check out Fresh from the Field, a weekly bulletin showcasing transformative impacts made by grantees funded by NIFA.

Farm Bill Priority Areas
Agriculture economics and rural communities
U.S. States and Territories
West Virginia
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