Youth Pair Well with Horses!
Lincoln University Cooperative Extension Sikeston held its annual Youth/4H Agriculture Camp in July. Forty students were selected from Sikeston and Caruthersville to participate.
Each day focused on a different topic which included fishing, conservation, STEM, and horses. The students learned how to bait and cast a fishing pole, which resulted in some successfully catching fish. The group then ventured to Baker’s Horse Ranch in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. This ranch is run by University of Missouri Extension.
The visit to the horse camp was by far the most exciting. The interaction with the horses was the vehicle for reinforcing the values of leadership, citizenship, and social interaction for Bootheel area youth.
“4-H-ers” clarified values and practiced skills while rotating through designated stations for equine grooming, roping, riding, and checking of vital signs for health diagnoses.
Each rotation helped participants understand that there’s more to horses besides riding them.
The event demonstrated tasks which involved the overall care and maintenance to ensure the horses' health and well-being. Participants also learned best practices on how to bond and communicate with the horses.
To end their day at the ranch, participants jumped aboard a wagon to relax and enjoy a scenic hayride.
Learning Skills of Plant Care, Cultivation and Record Keeping
In July, the LU Cooperative Extension in Caruthersville held another exciting youth event at St. John AME Church in Kennett, Missouri. Its mission was to promote good citizenship and community concern, one of several goals of the “4-H Activity Night” events. After completing a healthy meal served by church volunteers, Southeast Area Educator Mariann Wright and Community Volunteer Ms. Blair Mobley, conducted a learning session on how to use raised beds to plant and grow vegetables.
Ms. Blair Mobley, who studied plant biology at the University of Missouri before serving the Peace Corps, directed the group in this project. Using the community garden located on the church’s property, youth learned how to plant peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, okra, and peas for this take-home activity. Most of the youth had never transplanted vegetables and were amazed to learn the processes involved.
Ms. Mobley demonstrated how to plant and care for the personal garden items that each youth and volunteer took home. Additional plants included melons and pumpkins. Care, cultivation, and record keeping were discussed and modeled. None of the participants had existing home gardens and this provided new “how-to” information and opportunity for them and their households.
The four table planters were assembled with the help of Rev. Dinah Tatman of St. John AME Church. The planters, supplies, and equipment were purchased cooperatively with Dunklin/Stoddard Caring Council and LUCE funds.
This multi-age 4-H group meets on a regular basis. These evening events provide a safe space for youth to discuss critical personal issues and explore a variety of research-based findings with trained youth professionals.
Making the Right Strategic Move
In anticipation of learning more about the game of chess, more than 20 local residents gathered at the St. Louis Urban Impact Center for its first chess tournament, a collaboration between the St. Louis Urban Impact Center and staff of the Black Squares. The organizers and staff of Black Squares provide a meaningful outlet for young Black youth in this urban area to experience the thrill of chess playing while helping them develop positive ways on problem solving.
In July, the St. Louis Urban Impact Center collaborated with Mr. Justus Williams of Black Squares to host a series of chess tournaments. Learning the skills of chess continues to be a growing interest for both youth and older adults of the St. Louis community. Participants in the chess program are taught the tactics of “end game” strategies, mediation, and discipline. These skills are essential in handling issues of social justice.
“Life is like a game of Chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with insight and knowledge and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way. We become each and every piece within the game called Life.” ~ Allan Rufus
(The Master’s Sacred Knowledge)
The city of Homestown, Missouri is rich in history. Originally named South Wardell, it is located in Pemiscot County with a population of 151 (2010 census).
The town is uniquely one of several communities that was established by the FSA (Farm Security Administration) in the early 1940’s after the January 1939 roadside sharecropper protests, leaving many of the sharecroppers and farmers unhoused and displaced. Mostly all of the protesters were African Americans.
Statistical data from the 2010 census shows the town’s racial makeup as 95.36% Black or African American.
Today Homestown thrives on agriculture. The LU Innovative Small Farmer's Outreach Program (ISFOP) has started a community garden in Homestown that will have a significant impact on the town’s residents. Each home received a tomato plant and tomato cage to encourage their participation in the gardening project.
Virgie’s and Leonard’s Place, a nonprofit organization in Kennett, Missouri received the assistance of LU ISFOP to establish a vegetable garden on the plot. Owner of Virgie's and Leonard's Place, Ms. Beverly Alford Thomas, has assisted nearby communities for more than 20 years with access to food, clothing and household items available at her “place” including diapers, school supplies, and medical transportation.
On the front door of Virgie's and Leonard's Place, visitors are greeted with the words, “When you divide, it will multiply.” In regards to her new gardening plot, she stated that it had been a goal of hers for many years.
The ISFOP team was assisted by youth and staff members of LU Cooperative Extension – Southeast outreach offices in making Ms. Thomas’ dream come true. All joined in to plant paw paw trees, pear trees and plums trees.
This joyful experience will surely add yet another piece to Homestown notable history.
Kennett Community Garden is an ongoing project with Lincoln University and University of Missouri for the minority people in this area.
Please visit the SOUTHERN SPACES website to learn more about the 1939 Roadside Demonstration, titled “Out Yonder on the Road: Working Class Self-Representation and the 1939 Roadside Demonstration in Southeast Missouri”
Meeting the Market Demand for Trout
Baby Trout from the Crystal Lakes Fish Hatchery in Ava, Missouri have recently found a new home. LU staff and students worked over the course of several months to build its latest equipment to house, feed and grow more trout to maturity.
The new arrivals (approximately 200) were initially placed in four smaller tanks. As the young fingerlings mature to the next stage, they end their two-month stay and are placed inside larger, one thousand gallon tanks until they reach full maturity.
Dr. James Wetzel (Associate Professor - Aquaculture) and his team at the Carver Farm Aquaculture Center monitors their growth during this cycle. The target goal is to have 800 fish in the larger tanks.
A Visit to Sikeston's Variety Trial Site
Lincoln University Industrial Hemp Institute is conducting industrial hemp variety trials at various locations in the state of Missouri.
The trials aim towards developing superior variety/genetics for the Midwest Region. Sikeston, Missouri is one of the field trial sites.
On July 30, Ms. Yvonne Matthews (LU Cooperative Extension Associate Administrator) and Mr. Lester (LU Farm Outreach Worker) visited the site for a close-up view the experimental plots and to receive reports of the progress achieved during this period.
KJLU Radio Station Interviews LU's Native Plant Specialist
Many visiting the grounds Lincoln University have made notice of the lush gardens located on the main campus.
The beauty of the landscape recently caught the eye one of radio reporter, Ms. Leslie Taylor.
Ms. Taylor of Lincoln University radio station KJLU spoke with the creator of the campus garden, Lincoln University Native Plants Specialist, Dr. Nadia Navarrete-Tindall about the gardens and set up an interview with her.
Campus visitors are always welcome to come by and view the gardens located adjacent to Allen Hall and Foster Hall, Lincoln University Native Plants Specialist, Dr. Nadia Navarrete-Tindall.
To read the full interview by Ms. Taylor, please visit the KJLU website below.
Webinar Training for Gardeners
The Agricultural Economics and Marketing Program at LU Cooperative Extension through the Gardening Entrepreneurship Webinar Series offered two sessions.
On July 1, a webinar titled, "Selling Home Grown Products" consisted of two sessions: Session One was led by Dr. Eleazar Gonzalez (Agricultural Economics and Marketing Small Sustainable Farms) who focused on helping attendees increase their knowledge about "Market Regulations and Marketing."
Session Two was led by Mrs. Angela Brattin (Farm Outreach Worker) who used her personal experience to instruct attendees on how to create a Farm-Stand-Direct Marketing approach to better connect with final consumers.
The 2021 Gardening Entrepreneurship Series will have its last session on September 23, 2021. The garden topics will offer training about fall and winter crops and their production and marketing strategies.
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program
On July 10, the Agricultural Economics and Marketing program offered a farm visit to Latino farmers at Salas’ Farm in Carthage, Missouri.
The program was designed to help Latino farmers gain additional knowledge and understanding of rotational grazing systems and pasture management. Latino farm owner Mr. Giovani Salas hosted the farm visit.
In addition, to understanding Salas’ Farm grazing management system, farmers can learn about grazing ID, weed management, and supplement nutrition at the different growing stages of beef. For more information, please contact Dr. Eleazar Gonzalez at email@example.com.
Workshop for Latino Farmers
On July 23, 2021, the Agricultural Economics and Marketing program offered a workshop to Latino farmers titled, “Agricultural Support Programs.” Farmers learned about current USDA support program requirements and how to access the various programs.
The training also focused on developing the capacity to assess other farm resources and available USDA support programs to enhance their farming conditions.