This morning, more than 30 members of Youth & Family Services’ Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City teamed up to husk 600 ears of corn. This was a new experience for many of the girls and a great learning experience for all of them.
“When children are involved with food experience and food preparation they are more interested in trying it. Husking corn gives the children an opportunity to see how corn looks when it leaves the field. They are learning that the corn simply does not just come out of the freezer or a can off the shelf. It is an opportunity to touch, see the husk of the corn kernels, and hear the snap and crackle of the corn husk as it is pulled off of the ear,” stated Darcie Decker, YFS Nutrition Services Director.
The girls will also be able to enjoy the corn they husked for lunch! Decker states, “They get to smell the freshness of the corn and at lunch they get to enjoy the taste of the delicious sweet corn. We have some students that have shared that they have never husked corn and we have others who love to demonstrate to their friends how to pull back the corn husk and pull the silk off the corn. It is a great learning experience.”
This is the second year that members of Girls Inc. have husked corn.