GLADWIN COUNTY – Last week wrapped up the Gladwin County 4-H Program’s long journey around the world. In a series of kits and videos developed by the Gladwin County 4-H Program, more than thirty youth got to make dishes from various cultures and countries around the world. Lessons included Irish soda bread, Ojibwe wild rice soup, Laos spring rolls, and Netherland tompouce.

These kits contained special ingredients, language cards, and travel brochures with fun facts about the country or culture they were visiting. For additional fun, each lesson was taught by someone with heritage from that county or culture. While youth could not meet in person, they shared their experience in a Facebook group showing off pictures and stories on the dishes they made.

The program has received tremendous positive feedback from the youth and from the parents who participated. It has also helped some families reconnect with their heritage. The O’Farrell family who participated had this to say about one of the lessons: “our last name gives away our Irish heritage that comes from both sides of the family. I have seen a similar recipe somewhere in a family cookbook. We made a completely Irish heritage meal with most of the main meal coming from our farm!”

With the popularity of this program, the Gladwin County 4-H program is currently working to expand into a second series with more cultures and food for youth to enjoy and learn about.

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