Tucson Village Farm Honored as Model Program for the Nation

High school students trained as "4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors" led an educational program at Tucson Village Farm with kindergarten students. (Photo: Kirk Astroth)
High school students trained as "4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors" led an educational program at Tucson Village Farm with kindergarten students. (Photo: Kirk Astroth)

Tucson Village Farm, a working urban farm built by and for the youth of the Tucson community, was recognized on Wednesday for its innovative approach to nutrition education and focus on urban youth from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds when National 4-H Council President and CEO Jennifer Sirangelo and Arizona 4-H Executives honored the farm with a visit to kick off National Nutrition Month.

Sirangelo recognized the farm as a model program for the nation in helping to educate students about sustainability while also serving as a unique community model for fostering economic development. Tucson Village Farm is a program of the University of Arizona's Cooperative Extension, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“I am thrilled to come to Tucson to recognize the incredible work of all the people that are behind the success of the Tucson Village Farm,” Sirangelo said. “I’m here as part of our commitment to bring attention to the power of 4-H programs, such as the Tucson Village Farm, to change lives. There is an urgent need for all of us to invest in our youth, and the Tucson Village Farm is a phenomenal example of the potential of these investments.”

Sirangelo was joined by representatives from the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and UA Cooperative Extension, including Jeff Silvertooth, associate dean and director of Cooperative Extension and economic development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kirk Astroth, Arizona 4-H youth development director in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Bob Shogren and Erica Schwartzmann of the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

At the event, kindergarten students went through a series of learning stations about working on the farm, planting, harvesting, whole grain discovery, worm exploration and seed saving.

Read more from this March 6 UANews article at the link below.

Date released: 
Mar 13 2014
Contact: 
Elizabeth Sparks