Teach kids about farming, climate & soil with new Caribbean Climate Hub video

Sr. Sapo  from “Atención Atención” has a new hobby, which aside from being very healthy seeks to educate children on food production and how to grow fruits and vegetables. He loves to cook, so he decided to create a garden in his own backyard to grow food and have daily access to fresh crops. Sr. Sapo’s new hobby is farming!

In the video produced by the USDA Caribbean Climate Hub, we see how Sr. Sapo learns to prepare the soil and succeeds at harvesting fruits and vegetables after his garden was affected by a drought followed by severe flooding. “This initiative is part of the educational efforts of the Caribbean Climate Hub and seeks to teach children about food production and the importance of protecting the soil to achieve a good harvest,” explained Dr. William A. Gould, Research Ecologist and Director of the Caribbean Climate Hub located in the International Institute of Tropical Forestry in Río Piedras.

“We want to promote agriculture and children’s understanding of how the food we eat is connected to the soil and how it can be affected by the climate,” Dr. Gould stated. In less than four minutes, the video illustrates the relationship between climate, sun, rain and food production through the positive and negative experiences of Sr. Sapo in his home garden. To grow a fruitful garden, some friendly red ants and earthworms help Sr. Sapo understand the importance of maintaining a healthy soil and preparing the land before planting.

“Where do potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes come from? Today, few children understand where food comes from so we thought it was important to collaborate with the Caribbean Climate Hub to produce this video, which shows the benefits of agriculture and its relationship with nature to create environmental awareness in children,” remarked Víctor Rivera, President of “Atención Atención” Inc.

The video is called “What is Sr. Sapo’s New Hobby?”, and is available on the YouTube channel of “Atención Atención” as part of their Web Series: Ask Atención Atención. The Hub also developed a coloring book based on the video, which the Hub uses as an educational tool when participating in agricultural and environmental events throughout the Island.

“In celebration of Earth Day, we will present the video this Sunday, April 9 at the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico in Santurce. Agriculture is the activity that sustains life on this planet but we must learn to preserve the soil and water in order to produce food,” Dr. Gould added.

Coloring book based on the video.

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The Hub participate of Earth Day, Sunday, April 9 at Museum of Art of Puerto Rico in Santurce.

The Caribbean Climate Hub is one of ten USDA Hubs whose mission is to promote sustainable production of forest and agricultural lands. Their work focuses on research and outreach of the effects of climate change and the different mitigation and adaptation strategies for farmers in tropical areas. Starting May 2017—and as part of the ADAPTA project—the Hub will provide workshops for farmers and agricultural advisers on the best practices for reducing risks associated with climate change.

For more information on the Caribbean Climate Hub and its events, visit www.caribbeanclimatehub.org or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.