Oregon Ag Fest has announced the winners of the third annual Oregon Ag Fest Agricultural Education Award.
Canby FFA is the recipient of the first place award for its ag literacy program, receiving $1,000, according to an Ag Fest press release. The educational outreach consists of community container gardens, a traveling classroom filled with hands-on activities, along with specific outreach programs at local elementary schools and Deer Creek Ranch.
In total, Canby FFA reaches nearly 7,500 people annually on the importance of Oregon agriculture.
Receiving the second-place $600 award was the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation for its Learning Gardens Program, which provided over 1,100 K-12 students, at nine schools, hands-on gardening experience last year. The program features gardens, an aquaponics greenhouse and chickens and bunnies, all centered around agricultural education.
Receiving the third-place $400 award was the Henley FFA Chapter for its variety of outreach efforts within the urban areas of the Klamath Basin, including teaching Ag in the Classroom lessons, a YMCA Pumpkin Festival and Farm Field Days.
The purpose of the Ag Fest Agricultural Education Award is to reward student organizations, non-profit organizations or classrooms that promote and educate Oregonians about agriculture and extend the Oregon Ag Fest mission beyond its annual, two-day, interactive event.
“We were blown-away by the applications we received and are proud to support the agricultural education outreach efforts happening around the state,” Sherry Kudna, Oregon Ag Fest’s chair, said in the press release. “Oregon Ag Fest is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of agriculture, and we see this award as a way to encourage and support organizations that have programs and activities aimed to accomplish the same thing.”
The Agricultural Education Awards ceremony will take place at noon on Sunday, April 27, on the main stage in the Americraft Center at the Oregon State Fairgrounds during the 26th Annual Oregon Ag Fest. Representatives from all three organizations will be present to accept their awards.