Cows and horses, pigs and goats, tractors and hay bales, and an abundance of city and county second graders filled the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center last Friday to experience “Kids Day on the Farm.” The goal of the event is to educate children about the county and state’s number one industry – agriculture.
Students learned that farming comes in all shapes and sizes, and they discovered there is much more to farming than the plants and animals they see on the side of the road.
Individual “farm stations” were set up, and as the students traveled from “farm station” to “farm station,” they attentively listened to presentations about topics such as beekeeping and gardening, sampled farm products such as goat cheese and milk, learned about current and past farming practices, and were able to pet livestock brought in for the event.
Rhonda Britton, Alabama Cooperative Extension Office agent, guided the students through the water conservation trailer. She informed the students that while water makes up a majority of the Earth, only .001 percent is fresh water and available for consumption. Britton used a gallon jug filled with water and a penny as a visual tool to demonstrate this important concept.
She explained that the gallon jug represented the amount of water found on Earth. She then placed 33 drops of water on the penny and explained the 33 drops represent the amount of water on Earth available for drinking purposes.
Britton further explained the importance of water conservation, and one way to conserve water is by collecting rainwater to use for watering plants, washing cars, or flushing toilets. She said she collects rainwater at her home and saves up to 1,100 gallons of water per month.
Wrapping up a full day of farm adventures, the students headed back to the classroom with a wealth of knowledge and a bag full of farm-related goodies such as goat soap, coloring books, and a container of grape tomatoes.