Ag Arts Partnership for Southwest Iowa

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2018: $2,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2020
Grant Recipient: Golden Hills RC&D
Region: North Central
State: Iowa
Project Manager:
Mary Goettsch
Golden Hills RC&D


Not commodity specific


  • Education and Training: youth education
  • Sustainable Communities: urban/rural integration

    Proposal abstract:

    This 2018 summer day camp project will be conducted at five local farms, providing age-appropriate understanding of sustainable food production through the lens of creative engagement. Each day camp will be paired with a local farmer and a local artist using adapted, age-appropriate curricula. The project will unite two established organizations: the Southwest Iowa Food and Farm Initiative and the Southwest Iowa Arts Council. In addition to providing hands on experience on a working farm, each youth participant will create art, visual or theatrical, to tie into the lessons of the day.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    Objectives of the Ag Arts Camp program for children include the following:
    1. Participants will gain experiential, age-appropriate, agricultural knowledge by visiting and engaging with five
    unique, local farm environments that use sustainable methods as part of their operation
    2. Participants will recognize how food is grown and produced through hands on engagement
    3. Participants will learn the importance of local food production and/or land conservation, using creative drama and theater techniques, storytelling, and visual art projects

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.