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Mooving Milk from Farm to Fridge

I bet you know where your milk comes from, but would the average 5-7-year-old? 

Cartoon of baby Clover the Cow

Baby Clover the Cow

Clover the Cow and 4-H specialists spark curiosity in 4-H Cloverbuds across North Carolina through the Mooving Milk from Farm to Fridge Curriculum. Mooving Milk from Farm to Fridge is a 4-H Cloverbud (ages 5-7) curriculum developed in partnership with North Carolina 4-H, the Randleigh Dairy Heritage Museum, and the Department of Animal Science at North Carolina State University. Research Principal Investigators include Amy Chilcote, 4-H Curriculum Specialist, Dr. Stephanie Ward, Assistant Professor Dairy Extension, Autumn Guin, Program Design & Evaluation, and Alex Ives, Dairy Education Coordinator.  

Amy Chilcote explains that “Clover the Cow guides youth through the curriculum, connecting them to the benefits of milk by sharing her journey on the farm. What you will find in this curriculum is a very practical hands-on approach where young people can experience animal science. Content topics include a comparison of life cycles, food safety, the dairy industry, digestive management, MyPlate, food science, and healthy living.”

On March 9, 2020, Mooving Milk from Farm to Fridge made its debut at the NC State University Beef Unit. 4-H, FCS, and Ag Agents joined Dr. Stephanie Ward, Kristin Bedell, Alex Ives, Amy Chilcote, and Clover the Cow at the Dairy Research Farm to dig into the curriculum and learn about the dairy industry. Nicki Carpenter from Burke County shared that she plans to use Mooving Milk from Farm to the Fridge with her school partners. Morgan King from Brunswick county shared that the curriculum is perfect to incorporate with her 4-H teen leaders who work with the local school partners who teach Be a Bone Builder.

North Carolina 4-H curriculum is implemented, reviewed, and evaluated within both formal and nonformal educational environments. This curriculum was piloted through the N.C. 4-H Curriculum Guidelines and evaluated by the following county offices: Lincoln, Iredell, Mitchell, Duplin, Avery, Richmond, Johnston, Alamance, Cumberland, and Chatham. This curriculum will go through a National 4-H review in late spring.

Cows on pasture

Cows on pasture

Randleigh Dairy Heritage Museum

Randleigh Dairy Heritage Museum

Baby cow, Peaches

Baby cow, Peaches

Thank you to the North Carolina Dairy Alliance for providing financial support.

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