Healthy Communities Outreach Project
The Mid-Columbia region will work to create three program elements that focus on seasonal eating, whole grains and physical activity that will allow for community collaboration and higher impact in the region. These elements include the YA4-H! Teens as Teachers program, expanding tasting tables and integrating seasonal eating into adult SNAP-Ed programs, and focus on out-of-school and in-school food science and exercise education.
In August, the team worked to offer a Young Entrepreneur’s Day Camp Series focused on food production and value-added products. Throughout four days students learned to make cheese, pickle vegetables, grind grain and bake bread. They learned to develop a marketing strategy, design a display, sell products and handle money and resources for starting a value-added food business. Hood River County 4-H, Gorge Grown Food Network, OSU Master Food Preservers, The Next Door Inc. and Hood River Valley FFA partnered to make this series a success.