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NMSU Clovis science center teaches students where their food comes from

  • By Adriana M. Chávez
  • 575-646-1957
  • Oct 15, 2021
A group of children standing near an outdoor table with various plants
Children standing in a pumpkin field

Fifth-graders in Clovis, New Mexico, got an up-close view of where their food comes from – and they didn’t have to step foot inside of a grocery store.

About 675 students from 15 schools attended this year’s Cultivating Young Minds event, hosted by New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis. The event took place Oct. 13 and 14, and featured a demonstration by Extension agents on making a pumpkin pie in a bag. Students also learned about soil, plants and food, and ended the event by picking their own pumpkins to take home.

“We get to showcase our research station to the kids, who in turn tell their parents all about it,” said Abdel Mesbah, superintendent of the Clovis science center. “We also teach kids about the plants and soil, and where their food comes from. Many of them think their food comes from Walmart, but we show them that flour comes from wheat, and canola oil comes from plants and seeds.”

Mesbah said the event began in 2015, but has been canceled twice since then, including last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The center’s staff and Extension agents were happy to see the students enjoying their time at the science center once again.

For more information about the Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, visit