Perdue Farms, through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, is giving a $50,000 grant for the expansion of 4-H buildings used for youth development in Daviess County in rural Indiana.
The Daviess County 4-H wants to improve year-round space in its aging buildings at East Side Park in Washington, Indiana. The plan includes adding a multiuse barn, to be named for the Perdue Foundation, that will be used to house chicken and rabbits and exhibit other livestock during events
“The support of Perdue, a national leader in agriculture, shows a huge commitment to the youth of our community who look to 4-H for leadership development and hands-on learning,” said Tara Brower, campaign chairwoman and a board member of the Daviess County 4-H Association. “We’re grateful for Perdue’s commitment to what we do.”
Daviess 4-H works with about 426 students each year to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills. Though historically focused on agriculture, 4-H also teaches healthy living, science, engineering and technology.
Brower said the renovation and expansion will allow 4-H to hold more community activities, youth learning events and livestock exhibits. A new kitchen will be the site of educational programs, including interactive lessons on health, nutrition and safe food handling.
Tom Schaffer, vice president of turkey operations for Perdue, said the 4-H program is aligned with Perdue’s work.
“We believe in creating innovative food and agricultural products and services that make people’s lives better. The youth in the Daviess County 4-H program are learning to be innovative and to be careful stewards,” he said.