Compost Pumpkin

Happy Halloween! Did you know, pumpkins are native to the United States? Pumpkins are grown for seeds, puree, decorations and Jack'O Lanterns. Students are celebrating Halloween by investigating the phenomenon of decomposing pumpkins as a part of the plant's life cycle. Have you ever wondered what happens the millions of Jack'O Lanterns after Halloween? They usually begin to rot, and before long, mom or dad toss them in the trash can... but what if there was a better use for decaying pumpkins? Local Linn County second grade students discovered what happens to a pumpkin over time by reading a story called "Pumpkin Jack!" The pumpkin begins to change color as mold spreads over the crumpled pum

Students attend “Ag will Hire You!”

Linn County Farm Bureau Education Outreach presented at Open Minds, Open Doors; a half-day conference at Coe College intended to encourage middle school girls (7th-8th grades) to pursue career fields with foundations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The annual conference offers young women the opportunity to experience STEM careers through hands-on breakout sessions, expo booths and conversations with local industry professionals. Over 20 students attended “Ag will hire you,” a breakout session presented by Linn County Farm Bureau Education Outreach. The session focused on solving real-world challenges. The world's population is expected to increase to 9 billion people by

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