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Things kids don't know unless we tell them; how food is produced

The DeWitt County "Where Does My Lunch Come From?" 4-H SPIN Club gave 4-H members a chance to check out local agricultural sites to see where their food comes from and how it is raised or grown.

Each day, the youth prepared a lunch which related to those agricultural businesses they toured.

"In addition to knowing where their food came from, we wanted youth to see ALL the possibilities in creating a business through a passion they might have," said Sherry Fulton, U of I Extension 4-H youth development educator.

Seven local farms participated, including PrairiErth Farm, Timbercrest Vet Clinic, Martin Cattle Farms, Dement Dairy, Homestead Harvests, Triple M Farm, and Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Patch. 


Judy Mae Bingman, University of Illinois Extension Marketing and Communications Manager

Judy uses powerful words and photography to tell the Extension story. She is a skilled communication strategist and storyteller with demonstrated success in building teams and creating strong organizational brand identities that deepen Extension’s impact among key audiences, build brand loyalty, strengthen employee talent, and expand public engagement. She is a frequent conference presenter at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference and helps Extension staff across the nation tell compelling stories.