S.D. Farmers Union campers ‘Growing Healthy Cooperatively’

Young people from across Clay County learned to live healthier lifestyles, make better food choices, and work together to make their communities healthier during the annual Clay County Farmers Union camp held Tuesday, June 21, in Vermillion.

Young people from across Clay County learned to live healthier lifestyles, make better food choices, and work together to make their communities healthier during the annual Clay County Farmers Union camp held Tuesday, June 21, in Vermillion.

Young people attended this years camp themed, Growing Healthy Cooperatively. The kids participated in activities and games that taught them about cooperative business, rural communities, and agriculture in a fun and safe setting. There were also activities based on the Farmers Union Growing Good Taste curriculum, where young people learned about where their food comes from and how to make healthy choices.

The majority of Americans are generations removed from the farm, and childhood obesity rates are alarming, said State Education Director Bonnie Geyer. These kids learned about what makes up a healthy, balanced diet and ways to be more physically active while gaining knowledge about how their food is grown and where it comes from. South Dakotas future will be in their hands, and we want them to have the knowledge they need to make good choices in the future.

Along with activities, games, singing and swimming, each child also took part in a Garden Buddy activity. They planted grass seeds in soil that was wrapped in light material. Their Garden Buddy will grow over the summer and theyll be able to give it haircuts. Each child received a free T-shirt sponsored by Farmers Union Insurance and a free jump rope donated by Sanford Health.

Participants at this years Clay County Farmers Union camp were: Will Hackerner, Hari Manappau, Sydney Christensen, Carter Skogsburg, Bodhi Brady, Liam Percy, Tyler Avis, Venus Reeves, Serenity Reeves, Jacob Chaussee, Roain McCormick, Maria Emilia Gamarra-Hapan, Ryan Carlisle, Skylir Allen, Phillip Hauck, Tyler Hauck, Nicole Hauck, Sophia Milson, Lauren Mandernach, Ashley Neely, Patrick Dimoch, Jesselyn Dornbusch, Jayce Dornbusch, Evan Pohl, Anna Olson all from Vermillion; Kacie Stepp from Elk Point; and Emily Kayl from Burbank. Clay County Farmers Union Camp was directed by the Farmers Union Summer Interns Angie Koch and Brittany Gassman.

For more information on South Dakota Farmers Union and how you and your children can get involved in the organizations youth activities, visit the education page at www.sdfu.org or call Bonnie Geyer, 605-352-6761 ext. 125.

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