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Teach Kids about Farming with New Caribbean Climate Hub Video

Monday, April 24, 2017 to Friday, May 5, 2017
Sr. Sapo is a very popular figure among kids in Puerto Rico and Latin America and he has a new healthy hobby, agriculture! The USDA Caribbean Climate Hub and the musical group Atención Atención Inc. partnered to produce the video that talks about how food is grown and its relationship with nature.
“We want to promote agriculture and children’s understanding of how the food we eat is connected to sunshine, rain and the soil,” explained Dr. William A. Gould, Research Ecologist and Director of the Caribbean Hub located in the International Institute of Tropical Forestry in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.
The video illustrates how food production is influenced by the sun and the rain through the experiences of Sr. Sapo in his home garden. Sr. Sapo learns to prepare the soil and succeeds at harvesting fruits and vegetables after his garden was affected by a drought followed by severe flooding.
“Where do potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes come from? Today, few children understand where food comes from so we thought it was important to collaborate with the Caribbean Climate Hub to produce this video, which shows the benefits of agriculture and its relationship with nature to create environmental awareness in children,” remarked Víctor Rivera, President of “Atención Atención” Inc.
The Caribbean Hub also developed a coloring book based on the video, which the Hub uses as an educational tool when participating in agricultural and environmental events throughout the Island.