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Ag ExtravAGanza

Ag ExtravAGanza

Author: Lauren Fessler/Tuesday, March 7, 2017/Categories: Chapter Activity Report Blog, Service to College or Campus, Promotion of Agriculture, Service to Community, Cornell

The first thing you saw when you walked on the Ag quad this Fall was orange construction fences and mounds of dirt everywhere. We lost our beautiful quad to the relentless hammering and never ending dump trucks. Year after year we brought tractors, hay bales, and numerous farm animals to the quad for a fun filled Ag Day. The Fall semester is our semester to really show the University what agriculture is all about. Unfortunately with the Ag quad under construction, we couldn’t find a place that would work for our normal festivities. With some modifications to our normal activities, we were able to put on an interactive agricultural display instead; we called it Ag ExtravAGanza.

            In place of the animals and tractors, we had stationed ourselves in Mann Library and Willard Straight Hall with samples of real maple syrup, maple cream, honey, and New York grown apples. We took advantage of the resources we have within our house and hoped to give people a nice break from studying. There were displays of beekeeping materials, and maple syrup harvesting. We wanted to show people just how much of an impact agriculture has. It plays a role in everything we eat but few realize that. Our display shows the nontraditional and different aspects of agriculture that people often overlook.

            When people think of agriculture, they think of the typical cows and corn, but we wanted to show that there is much more to agriculture than the typical dairy or beef farm. Our own brothers and sisters have farms that represent these different divisions of agriculture and each were able to provide informative displays. Even though we couldn’t have our usual displays of tractors or sheep, we were still able to convey the importance of agriculture through Ag ExtravAGanza.

Cassidy Fletcher ‘17


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