‘What’s that smell?’


Ms. McHan’s Southeastern second-graders learn about Paris the donkey who resides at Bullard Farm in Blountsville.

Ms. McHan’s Southeastern second-graders learn about Paris the donkey who resides at Bullard Farm in Blountsville.

On Friday, May 3, more than 900 second graders attended Kid’s Day on the Farm at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. The goal of the event is to teach others about the different segments of agriculture and bridge the gap between the farmers and consumers.

Alabama Farmer’s Federation sponsored the annual event and member Carolyn Johnson chuckled as she told of one little boy who got off of the bus, grabbed his nose, and said, “What’s that smell?” The smell was simply farm life.

During the visit through the arena, students visited several agricultural stations and learned how farming is incorporated into their everyday life. They learned about the cow providing milk for people to drink, how vegetables are grown for consumption, as well as many other aspects of farm life. They were able to pet some livestock and learn about their part in farming. Johnson said, “Many kids do not know that without the farmer, you don’t eat.”

The day was a total success. Johnson said, “The kids love it. Many children are so far removed from farm life, and this is worth our time and effort to educate the children.”