In 2019 Black United Fund of Texas, Nature Heritage Society, Four W’s Fishing Team and a group of educators from Drew Academy (Aldine ISD) and professional Black outdoors-men created the Agriculture Science Conservation Camp to expose youth to careers in agriculture and conservation. We partnered with D.A.R.E. PLUS, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to host the camp.
The camp was held July 15-19 at the Acres Homes Chamber of Commerce and had 21 participants from Acres Homes and Missouri City. During the week long day camp participants had a chance to learn about marine biology from TPWD biologist Mr. Bill Balboa the students had a chance to dissect a shark.
On Wednesday 7/17 they visited three local farms RST BioScience where they learned about aquaponics, Seeds of the Soil where they learned about raised bed growing systems, chickens and rabbits, and the Big City Gardener’s garden at Kashmere Multi Service Center where they learned about composting and adding soil amendments to help plants and trees grow.
On July 18th participants learned about law enforcement and conservation from Game Warden Lt. Kevin Malonson, before visiting the R&S Deer Ranch to expose youth to agri-business and conservation, while at the ranch activities included archery with Mr. Kendrick Gray, fishing with Mr. Greg Akins, boater safety education Mr. Thomas and Mr. Willard Franklin and kayaking. We had a fishing tournament won by Mr. Kyle Brown. After the R&S Deer Ranch visit, participants toured Prairie View A&M University. We’d like to thank our partners and sponsors, Mr. Roy Malonson, the Acres Homes Chamber of Commerce, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, State Rep. Jarvis Johnson and Bea Dot Catering, Drew Academy, Bethel Place Church and our AWESOME volunteers.