Florida Farm Bureau, agriculture specialists provide produce to students

Andrew Babbitt

Richbourg School student Andrew Babbitt, 21, selects a sweet potato from the back of a trailer.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Richbourg student Jacob  Luttrell, 20, said he was planning to cook and eat the sweet potato he received during the Farm-City Week tractor parade that stopped by his school on Friday.

Luttrell said he enjoys eating sweet baked potatoes and sweet potato fries.

"I could eat them all day if I wanted to," he said.  

Several special needs children selected sweet potatoes provided by volunteers with Okaloosa County Florida Farm Bureau and the Okaloosa County extension office of the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. 

"Every year when they come by, (students) love to go and grab the produce," said Karen Rogers-Wooten, an adaptive Physical Education instructor at Richbourg. "A lot of them are not used to seeing tractors come down the street."

Volunteers driving the two tractors pulling the fresh produce stopped by the school to hand out sweet potatoes in an effort to educate students about agriculture.

Local farmers and FFB board members donated the produce, including mustard greens and cabbage, for the event.  

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