Branch County Project RED

Rural Education Day in Branch County provides students the chance to learn about local agriculture.

Blaine Pish of Branch County with a dairy calf at Project RED.

Blaine Pish of Branch County with a dairy calf at Project RED.

Branch County Project Rural Education Day (RED) is an annual event for local farmers, Future Farmers of America students and Michigan State University Extension staff to lead educational stations that children rotate through, allowing children to “meet a farmer” and touch a real life animal.

Project RED started in Washtenaw County over 25 years ago with two volunteers and a MSU Extension staff member, Nancy Thelen. As of April 2015, more than 33 county Farm Bureaus and MSU Extension offices host events. The total average reach is 18,000-20,000 students, 1,500-2,000 volunteers and 600-700 teachers annually.

The Branch County Project RED will take place on May 7, 2015 at the Branch Area Career Center. There will be seven educational stations that students can rotate, including: goats, dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, local field crops, water quality and a petting zoo. Children will learn what field crops are typically grown in Branch County and where all the water goes when farmers irrigate.

Project RED volunteers will lead students from station to station, teach the different topics and make sure the event operates smoothly.

If you interested in hosting an event or volunteering contact your local MSU Extension office.

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