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Published April 03, 2012, 08:01 PM

Lake Region Kids Learn About Agriculture Through a Perfect Pizza

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Everyone knows pizza is a popular food, especially for kids, but have you ever stopped to think of all the work it took to make your pizza?

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Everyone knows pizza is a popular food, especially for kids, but have you ever stopped to think of all the work it took to make your pizza?

Lake Region students say they never thought about where pizza comes from. As it turns out, much of it comes from their backyard.

"It's fun to learn about all the different things that go in pizza. That's very interesting. I didn't know all this stuff," Fourth grader Abby Johnson said.

NDSU Extension Agent Scott Knoke says pizza helps demonstrate the variety of agriculture in North Dakota.

"It's an awareness thing that all the ingredients that we grow in our state can be incorporated into the making of pizza. It's something most kids…they like," Knoke said.

Kids learned everything from how wheat becomes a crust to how livestock turns into your favorite toppings.

"We've got a sugar beet booth, gardening booth, a dairy booth and some animal booths as well," Knoke said.

It gives the students a new perspective on what they can get in their own state.

"I'd think that you have to get some from other countries but we can make it all here," Johnson said.

"And this gives the kids an idea of where some of their food comes from. It just doesn't automatically pop up on the shelf at the grocery store," Knoke said.

Students say they may have even gotten too much information. Fourth Grader Abby Johnson says her next slice of pizza might not have any pepperoni on it.

"I didn't think about the parts of pigs and cows that it came from," Johnson said.

Not only did the kids learn where pizza ingredients came from, they got a slice of their own to eat after touring the exhibit.

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