Urban Extension: A Professional Development Offering

How Harris County CES collaborates to leverage resources for collective impact:

The programming described above requires that Harris County Extension engage with new and different kinds of partners in their community, which requires identifying unique opportunities to provide memorable educational experiences through such collaboration.

One such partnership is with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, where students tour exhibits and are assigned an Agricultural Scavenger Hunt to gain a greater understanding of the Texas Agricultural system.

Another example is the Finca Tres Urban Farm, where students undertake the Agricultural Immersion Tour. They are then provided a presentation on food sustainability and urban farming, and are offered a tour of the farm grounds. Students shadow farm volunteers and staff, harvest fresh produce, and prepare lunch with the items chosen. A third example of CES partnerships is that of their work with the Prairie View A&M University. The institution offers an Ag Field Day, where students attend presentations by College of Agriculture and Human Sciences staff to gain knowledge of ag-related career options and opportunities offered at the university. Students tour the campus and attend a demonstration delivered by a Farm Research Specialist. And lastly, there’s the relationship between Harris County Extension and McGovern Centennial Garden, where, as part of a service project, students visit the garden sites regularly to aide horticulture staff with maintenance of the eight-acre garden.

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