Kids get an earful, learn about the value of corn

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Some kids over at the Youth and Family Services building got quite an earful Wednesday.

More than 200 to be exact.

As part of a fun and exciting activity for kids with Girls, Incorporated, fresh corn from the Black Hills Farmers Market was brought to them today.

Corn And KidsWhile shucking the corn, they learned about both the educational and nutritional value the versatile vegetable provides.

Once finished, the corn will then be prepared and served with tomorrow’s dinner and for children in both the Head Start Program and Child Development Center.

Darcie Decker, Nutrition Services Director for Youth and Family Services, talked about why it made such great entertainment

“As the kids are husking corn, we’re talking about the makeup of a corn on the cob,” she said. “We’re talking about the husk, we’re talking about the silk that leads to every single kernel of corn. And that how every corn cob has an even row of corn (kernels) going and wrapping around it.”

Decker also spoke about how it ties in with the goals of Youth and Family Services.

“Our goal at youth and family services is to provide healthy foods for children and provide fresh fruits and vegetables as much as possible,” she mentioned. “And this is one vegetable I love and I think most kids enjoy corn on the cob also.”

Decker also spoke about an upcoming harvest festival at the Youth and Family Services Fullerton Farm on the 11th. Over 40 booths will be at the event, featuring an array of hands-on activities.

Admission for the upcoming event is free. For more information, check out their website:

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