AgDiscovery 2020

AgDiscovery Summer Enrichment Program

The program from both St. Thomas and Albert A. Sheen St. Croix campuses of the University of the Virgin Islands will be conducted from July 19 - August 1, 2020. Students in grades 7 - 11 are participating.

AgDiscovery is a summer outreach program designed to help teenagers explore careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, agribusiness, and much more! The program allows students to live on a college campus and learn about agriculture from university professors, scientists, and administrative professionals who work for the U.S. Government in a variety of fields. They study the life cycles and habits of insects (entomologists); research micro-organisms, such as bacteria and viruses (biotechnologists); examine cells and tissues under a microscope to identify diseases (plant pathologists); work to conserve and manage wild animals and their habitats (wildlife biologists); carry out animal health programs (veterinarians); provide education on the humane care and treatment of animals (veterinarians and animal care inspectors), and manage the business aspects of protecting plants and animals (agribusiness).

This 2- to 4-week summer outreach program for 2020 targets middle and high school students who are interested in learning more about plants, animals, and agribusiness. Students chosen to participate in AgDiscovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, and field trips. Students will also participate in charac­ter- and team-building activities and a variety of other events.

For more information, contact Dr. Louis Petersen at (340) 693-1083 or louis.petersen@uvi.edu. You can also contact Ms. Sarah Dahl-Smith at (340) 693-1083 or sdahl@uvi.edu.

Click the following links to view the final AgDiscovery closing PROGRAM or VIDEO

Watch videos of some of our camp experiences streamed live on Facebook throughout the program.

The latest posts on our Facebook page can be seen below:

To see the 2020 Summer Program Schedule:
CLICK HERE

See videos from AgDiscovery



UVI AgDISCOVERY VIRTUAL SUMMER PROGRAM SCHEDULE

July 19 – July 31, 2020

Day

Date

Time

Activity

Platform

Presenter(s)

SUNDAY

July 19

6:00 p.m.

Orientation Program

Dr. Louis Petersen -Welcome Remarks

  • Program overview

  • Staff introductions

  • Staff Presentations

ZOOM

Co-Directors
Counselors

7:00 p.m.

Check-In

ZOOM
Virtual dorm tour

Ms. Trudi Golphin
Ms. Sophia Johnson

7:30 p.m.

Virtual Meet and Greet

ZOOM

MONDAY

July 20

9:30 a.m.



11:00 a.m.





12:00 p.m.

Box Garden Demonstration 


Meet the Charlotte Amalie High School FFA Students 


Lunch

Zoom with
Facebook Live

Mr. Albion ‘Chico’ George

UVI-CES

1:30 p.m.



3:00 p.m.

Container Gardening Demonstration 


Meet the Charlotte Amalie High School FFA Students  

ZOOM with Facebook Live

Mr. Dale Morton

UVI-CES

Counselor Time

ZOOM

Counselors

TUESDAY

July 21

10:00 a.m.

Agricultural Experiment Station At-a-Glance

ZOOM with Facebook Live

Dr. Robert Godfrey

UVI-Agricultural Experiment Station

11:00 a.m.

Cooperative Extension Service At-a-Glance

ZOOM with Facebook Live

Mr. Stafford Crossman 

UVI-Cooperative Extension Service

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:30 p.m.

Compost in a Bucket

ZOOM with Facebook Live

Ms. Vanessa Forbes

UVI-CES

TBD

Counselor Time

(Discussion on Composting)

ZOOM

Counselors

WEDNESDAY

July 22

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 


11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

UVI Aquaculture

Program


Lunch

ZOOM with Facebook Live

Mr. Don Bailey

UVI-AES

1:30 p.m.

GLG Plants & Produce

Farm Visit 

ZOOM with Facebook Live

Mr. Grantley Samuel

GLG Plants & Produce

TBD

Counselor Time

ZOOM

Counselors

THURSDAY

July 23

9:30 a.m.

Sejah Farm

Bush Cook, Chef Cook



Lunch 

ZOOM with Facebook Live

Mr. and Mrs. Dale & Yvette Browne

Sejah Farm


12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m.


1:30 – 2:00 pm

2:05 – 2:35 pm

2:40 – 3:10 pm

3:15 – 3:30 pm

3:30 – 4:00 pm

4:05 - 4:35 pm

UVI-AES Program Presentations:

Agroforestry

Agronomy

Biotechnology

BREAK

 Horticulture

Livestock
Include student research projects

ZOOM with Facebook Live

AES Research Program staff

Mr. Mike Morgan

Dr. Stuart Weiss

Dr. T. Zimmerman

BREAK

Ms. Jessica Ewer

Dr. Robert Godfrey

8:00pm

Counselor Time

(Movie night)

Netflix Party

Counselors

FRIDAY

July 24

9:30 a.m.

Ridge 2 Reef (R2R)
Farm Tour



Lunch

ZOOM with Facebook Live

Dr. Nate Olive


12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

EFNEP Program 

ZOOM with Facebook Live

Ms. Jo-an Josiah

UVI-CES

TBD

Counselor Time

(Brainstorming for closing ceremony activity)

ZOOM

Counselors

SATURDAY

July 25

8:00 a.m.

Farmers’ Market Visit and Scavenger Hunt; Bush (herbal) Tea Discussion

ZOOM with Facebook Live

Mr. Billy Abraham

VIDA

10:30 a.m.

Estate Whim Museum

Culture Bearers

Storytelling workshop 

ZOOM

Estate Whim Staff

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

           Lunch

TBD

Island Tours of the USVI

SUNDAY

July 26

5:30 a.m.

(sunrises at 5:55 a.m.)

Sunrise at Point Udall

Millennium Monument

Moment of Reflection

ZOOM

4-H Ambassadors

8:30 a.m.

Virtual meditation and artistic creation 

ZOOM

4-H Ambassadors

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Lunch


1:00 p.m. - 3:00p.m.





3:00p.m.-4:00p.m.




4:00p.m.

CULTURAL DAY -

Taste of the Virgin Islands – Food Making Demo (Johnny Cake, Banana Fritters)



A Taste of Carnival


Mocko Jumbi /Steel Pan Presentation



Seeds of Culture

(Jewelry making using local seeds)

ZOOM with Facebook Live

4-H Ambassadors

MONDAY

July 27

9:30 a.m.

FarmPod Tour

ZOOM with Facebook Live

Mr. Mike Straight

12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m.

1:30- 2:10

Lunch


AgCommunications




Dara Cooper

TBD

Counselor Time

(Student preparation for the closing ceremony) 

ZOOM

Counselors

TUESDAY

July 28

Morning



9:30 a.m.



10:00 a.m.





10:30 a.m.



11:00 a.m.

12 pm

UVI DAY

Dean of Students –
Albert A. Sheen Campus
Hedda Finch-Simpson


Dean/Director -
UVI School of Agriculture

Dr. Usman Adamu 


President
University of the Virgin Islands

Dr. David Hall


Student Government Association -
Albert A. Sheen Campus

Tour (New SGA President)

Lunch

ZOOM with Facebook Live

Counselors

1:30 p.m.

Technology Applications     in Agriculture

ZOOM with Facebook Live

Mr. Marthious Clavier

2:30 p.m.

4-H:  Food Fit for Families

ZOOM with Facebook Live

4-H Health Ambassadors

TBD

Counselor Time

ZOOM

Counselors

WEDNESAY

July 29

9:30 a.m. – 



12:00 p.m.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)


Lunch

ZOOM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Team

1:30 p.m.

V.I. Department of Agriculture – 

Farm Vet-a-Visit
Dr. Bethany Bradford

ZOOM with Facebook Live


Dr. Bethany Bradford

TBD

Counselor Time

(Practice for the closing program) 

ZOOM

Counselors

THURSDAY

July 30

9:30 a.m. – 




12:00 p.m.

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)


Lunch

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Team

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

USDA APHIS Mock Negotiation Exercise 

(with breakout sessions)

TBD

Counselor Time

(Arts and Craft Session)

ZOOM

Counselors

FRIDAY

July 31

Morning

Closing Program Final Preparations

4:30-6:30pm

CLOSING PROGRAM