• Cantrell Curry, (L), son of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va., and his twin brother Charles sample raspberries from trees in a greenhouse during a tour of Randolph Farm at the Virginia State University College of Agriculture, Petersburg, Va., Aug. 8, 2013. The Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services sponsored the tour, which provided a behind the scenes look of the farm's daily operations to seven students ages 13-17 from central and northern Virginia.

    Fun farming fishing, the future

    Cantrell Curry, (L), son of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va., and his twin brother Charles sample raspberries from trees in a greenhouse during a tour of...

  • (From L-R) Charles Curry, son of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va., Jimmy Mullins, a tour guide with Randolph Farm Virginia State University College of Agriculture, Charles' younger brother Jeremiah, Kaneasha Johnson, whose guardian is Warrant Officer Angela Burrell a human resource officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters and Charles' twin brother Cantrell during a tour of the farm in Petersburg, Va., Aug. 8, 2013. The Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services sponsored the tour, which provided a behind the scenes look of the farm's daily operations to seven students ages 13-17 from central and northern Virginia.

    Fun farming fishing, the future

    (From L-R) Charles Curry, son of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va., Jimmy Mullins, a tour guide with Randolph Farm Virginia State University College of...

  • Kaneasha Johnson, whose guardian is Warrant Officer Angela Burrell a human resource officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, reacts after catching a catfish with assistance from a Randolph Farm Virginia State University College of Agriculture worker while fishing at one of the farm's 57 fishponds in Petersburg, Va., Aug. 8, 2013. Johnson was part of an Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services sponsored tour that provided a behind the scenes look of the farm's daily operations to seven students ages 13-17 from central and northern Virginia.

    Fun farming fishing, the future

    Kaneasha Johnson, whose guardian is Warrant Officer Angela Burrell a human resource officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, reacts after catching a catfish with assistance from a Randolph Farm Virginia State University College of Agriculture...

  • Seventeen year-old Cantrell Curry, son of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va., observes a herd of goats during a visit to Randolph Farm Virginia State University College of Agriculture, Petersburg, Va., Aug. 8, 2013. Curry was part of an Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services sponsored tour that provided a behind the scenes look of the farm's daily operations to seven students ages 13-17 from central and northern Virginia.

    Fun farming fishing, the future

    Seventeen year-old Cantrell Curry, son of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va., observes a herd of goats during a visit to Randolph Farm Virginia State University...

  • Kaneasha Johnson, whose guardian is Warrant Officer Angela Burrell a human resource officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, fishes for catfish at one of 57 fishponds at Randolph Farm Virginia State University College of Agriculture, Petersburg, Va., Aug. 8, 2013. Johnson was part of an Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services sponsored tour that provided a behind the scenes look of the farm's daily operations to seven students ages 13-17 from central and northern Virginia.

    Fun farming fishing, the future

    Kaneasha Johnson, whose guardian is Warrant Officer Angela Burrell a human resource officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, fishes for catfish at one of 57 fishponds at Randolph Farm Virginia State University College of Agriculture...

  • A group of students ages 13-17 from central and northern Virginia, five of whom have parents and guardians assigned to the 80th Training Command headquarters in Richmond Va., feed the fish at one of Randolph Farm Virginia State University College of Agriculture's 57 fishponds, in Petersburg, Va., Aug. 8, 2013. The students were part of an Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services sponsored tour that provided a behind the scenes look of the farm's daily operations.

    Fun farming fishing, the future

    A group of students ages 13-17 from central and northern Virginia, five of whom have parents and guardians assigned to the 80th Training Command headquarters in Richmond Va., feed the fish at one of Randolph Farm Virginia State University College of...

  • Charles Curry (L), son of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va. looks at a sprite melon while his twin brother Cantrell listens to a tour guide during a visit to Randolph Farm at the Virginia State University College of Agriculture, Petersburg, Va., Aug. 8, 2013. The Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services sponsored the tour, which provided a behind the scenes look of the farm's daily operations to seven students ages 13-17 from central and northern Virginia.

    Fun farming fishing, the future

    Charles Curry (L), son of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va. looks at a sprite melon while his twin brother Cantrell listens to a tour guide during a visit to...

  • (From L-R) Jeremiah, Charles and Cantrell Curry, sons of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va., during a visit to Randolph Farm Virginia State University College of Agriculture, Aug. 8, 2013. The Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services sponsored the tour, which provided a behind the scenes look of the farm's daily operations to seven students ages 13-17 from central and northern Virginia.

    Fun farming fishing, the future

    (From L-R) Jeremiah, Charles and Cantrell Curry, sons of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va., during a visit to Randolph Farm Virginia State University College...

  • (From L-R) Jeremiah Curry son of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va., Asia Giles, Jermiah's cousin, Charles Curry, Jeremiah's brother and Kaneasha Johnson, whose guardian is Warrant Officer Angela Burrell a human resource officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters. (Behind Giles) Cantrell Curry, Charles' twin brother. The group was part of an Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services sponsored tour of Randolph Farm Virginia State University College of Agriculture Petersburg, Va., which provided a behind the scenes look of the farm's daily operations to seven students ages 13-17 from central and northern Virginia, Aug. 8, 2013.

    Fun farming fishing, the future

    (From L-R) Jeremiah Curry son of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va., Asia Giles, Jermiah's cousin, Charles Curry, Jeremiah's brother and Kaneasha Johnson, whose...

  • Asia Giles, niece of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va., gets assistance from a worker at Randolph Farm Virginia State University College of Agriculture Petersburg, Va., after Giles caught a catfish while fishing at one of the farm's 57 fishponds, Aug. 8, 2013. Giles was part of an Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services sponsored tour that provided a behind the scenes look of the farm's daily operations to seven students ages 13-17 from central and northern Virginia, Aug. 8, 2013.

    Fun farming fishing, the future

    Asia Giles, niece of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va., gets assistance from a worker at Randolph Farm Virginia State University College of Agriculture...

Seventeen year-old Cantrell Curry, son of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va., is uncertain of a career path, but as he prepares for the 12th grade, the high school basketball and track athlete said he has always wondered about the inner workings of greenhouses.

Cantrell satisfied his curiosity when he toured Randolph Farm at the Virginia State University College of Agriculture, Petersburg, Va., Aug. 8, 2013. The Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services sponsored the tour, which provided a behind the scenes look of the farm's daily operations to seven students ages 13-17 from central and northern Virginia.

"The intent was to help the students see the benefits of agricultural careers," said Dorothy Winston, a CYSS Specialist and tour coordinator. "They could be research and food scientists, they could major in business agriculture, or become agricultural inspectors."

The group, which included Cantrell's, twin brother Charles, younger brother Jeremiah, and cousin Asia Giles, saw farm workers cultivating fruits and vegetables through a process called hydroponics where the workers place plant roots in liquid nutrient solutions instead of soil.
Charles observed in one of the greenhouses that the workers use mulch around their sprite melon plants the same way his mom does in her flower garden.

"She uses the red bark instead of the dark ones and she puts a garbage bag on top then she waters it and lets it soak into the soil," Charles said.

The students sampled raspberries and blueberries from trees grown in some of the greenhouses.

They saw farm animals including goats that the workers raise for meat as well as alpaca whose fleece farmers shear and sell to make sweaters and other types of clothing.

The boys and girls competed for bragging rights when the group got an opportunity to fish in one of the farm's 57 fishponds. Three out of four girls each caught one catfish, which the farm workers released back into the pond, but none of the boys were as fortunate.

"Girls usually come out on top," said13-year-old Kaneasha Johnson, whose guardian is Warrant Officer Angela Burrell a human resource officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters. "I was scared that the fish was going to eat me because it made all these noises, but once I caught it I felt like I accomplished something."

The students ended the tour with a career interest survey based on activities they like, their personal qualities and their favorite school subjects. The results helped them identify careers in which they could potentially excel.
The survey helped Cantrell recognize that he has potential to be a trainer or an educator

"This was a lovely group today," said Jimmy Mullins the tour guide. "They were receptive to what we talked about and I'm hoping that they go home with some knowledge about food and fiber."

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