Students experience day on the farm

Students experience day on the farm

By: Donna Ryder Messenger Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER
Messenger Associate Editor
Ask nearly any kindergarten student where milk and eggs come from and the answer will most likely be the grocery store. They’re even more confused when told that milk only comes from certain kinds of cattle.
Such was the case when about 500 students from six elementary schools in Obion County converged on the Glynn Giffin farm Friday for the annual Farm and Nutrition Day.
Children had the opportunity to see a real beef steer, lambs, pigs and chickens and experience the smells of the farm. Many classes had their photographs made in front of large pieces of farm equipment or in front of a large inflated dairy cow provided by Turner Dairy.
Obion County University of Tennessee Extension agent Ranson Goodman told the children he loves the smell of bacon cooking in the morning, but that wonderful smell wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the less pleasant smell of the pig farm.
Helping Goodman out in the livestock barn, where children were allowed to pet the animals, were Derek Giffin and Conner Arnold.
Different educational stations were set up to teach children about nutrition and health. Carter Arnold played the nutrition game with the children, while Extension agent Una Baker taught the children where their food comes from. Children learned the importance of keeping their hands washed with soap and warm water at the germ awareness station manned by Macy Allison and Whitney Dodd. Also assisting with the educational activities were Obion County School System Coordinated School Health Program director Heather Kendall and the program’s assistant Jo McKinnis.
Before loading up on the buses and heading back to school, the students were treated to Turner Dairy ice cream and a Coke™ as they watched a puppet show about farm animals written by Extension agent Benita Giffin.
Sponsors for the day included Speed Ag Services, Turner Dairy, E.W. James Supermarket, Tyson Foods, Hanafee Lumber, Obion County Farm Bureau Women, Obion County Farm Bureau, Ag in the Classroom State Farm Bureau Grant, Obion County Tennessee Nutrition Consumer Education Program and UT Extension Service.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 5.20.08

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