Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Demonstrates the CAHS Difference

LaRachelle Smith talks to interested audience on carbon footprint during the 4-H20 demonstrationParents and children, PV alumni, community partners and many more stopped by the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences (CAHS) exhibit at the 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to visit the volunteer staff and learn more about what makes the CAHS a beacon of light in Texas. For three weeks from Tuesday, March 7th through Sunday, March 26th, the exhibit showcased various aspects of the research and extension programs in the CAHS by demonstrating a different experiential learning activity each week.
In week one, visitors planted seeds of Malabar Spinach to increase awareness about home gardening, sustainable agriculture and nutritional value of fresh vegetables.
Nutritional meal planning based on ChooseMyPlate.gov was the focus of week two with a Maurice Perkins demonstrating how to start a seedlingdemonstration of proper serving size food models to prepare a
healthy plate with grains, dairy, protein, fruits, and vegetables. Finally, in the third and final week of the show, visitors learned about their carbon dioxide footprint and how it impacts the environment with the 4-H20 demonstrations from the 2010 National Science Experiment.

Ashley Moore and Maurice Perkins at the MyPlate demonstrationMany faculty, students, staff and alumni from the CAHS and across campus volunteered to give participants an exciting and memorable experience by peaking their interest in what PVAMU has to offer not only in agriculture but also in all disciplines.

This year held record numbers at the Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Saturday after Spring Break alone boasted more than 185,000 attendees. It was a tremendous opportunity to promote the CAHS’ upcoming Agricultural Field Day on April 28-29, CAHS summer programs and proudly represent the university as the one and only HBCU land-grant in the great State of Texas.

LaRachelle Smith


LaRachelle Smith
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