Summer Camp: Farm Style

Written by: Nicole Krumrie

During their last few weeks of the summer, MCGA Interns Nicole Krumrie and Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke have been traveling across the state for Farm Camp Minnesota. During the four camps in Rice, Waseca and Dundas, Nicole and Haleigh have given 144 lessons to youth grades 3-6.

Nicole and Haleigh after talking to a group about the parts of the corn plant.

Nicole and Haleigh after talking to a group about the parts of the corn plant.

The lesson started off with Nicole leading the ‘corn detectives’ to identify parts of the corn plant and explain why they are unique and beneficial to the plant. The detectives then explored the many uses for corn after it is harvested with Haleigh. Livestock feed, ethanol, and other corn byproducts were a focus of this conversation.

Haleigh showing campers what a kernel of corn looks like.

Haleigh showing campers what a kernel of corn looks like.

Even detectives like to have fun, so the lessons concluded by playing with corn dough, made with cornstarch and dish soap, and a relay focusing on corn byproducts. The campers and camp counselors were all so astounded to realize that corn is in over 4,000 products, ranging from tires to diapers! Both the interns had a memorable time sharing their knowledge to the campers to show the importance of corn and agriculture in our everyday lives.

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Even the chaperones participated in the relay to name or draw corn byproducts!

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