LIVINGSTON CO., and MONROE CO., N.Y. — The Livingston and Monroe County 4-H Programs debuted the silent foods demonstration called Produced in New York at The Strong Museum in 2020. The event was part of a two-week celebration coordinated by the museum to Celebrate the Finger Lakes.
Produced in New York showcases the wide variety of agricultural products grown in New York State, leading youth to gain a greater understanding of their local food system. Each recipe includes at least one cup of ingredients grown in New York State.
This event allows youth to participate in a popular 4-H project area, healthy living. Participants use their skills to make healthy food choices, modify recipes, and practice food preparation skills in front of an audience.
Youth that participate in the Produced in New York event develop their public presentation and speaking skills. It takes a great deal of thought and practice to organize the work area and keep it tidy. The youth also need to provide a clear line of sight for spectators to see their cooking skills. Participants answer questions from evaluators and the audience as they work through their recipes. They may be asked to explain a bit about their New York State ingredient or what cooking skill is new or challenging for them. One of the youth participants shared, “It was really fun to be on the stage at The Strong Museum. I am glad that the pubic came and could watch our 4-H cooking skills.”
Livingston County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Educator, Renee Hopkins, shared, “Produced in New York is a popular event because it incorporates so many great life skills. Youth are focused on the culinary aspect and learn about local agriculture through recipe selection. Intertwined in the event is the opportunity to practice poise and presence on stage, problem solve when things don’t go as planned, respond to evaluators and audience questions while working, in addition to all the preparation work and organization that it took to get to the event. All these serve to help youth gain confidence in their skills.”
The Monroe and Livingston County 4-H Programs are offered through Cornell Cooperative Extension to the youth of Monroe and Livingston Counties. 4-H is a worldwide youth development program open to all youth ages 5 to 19, who want to have fun, learn new skills, and explore the world. In return, youth who participate in 4-H find a supportive environment and opportunities for hands-on or “experiential” learning about things that interest them. Learn more at http://monroe.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-development and http://livingston.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-development.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Monroe County