Each year Farmer Bob and the Pumpkin Lady, Miss Aquilla, show hundreds of elementary students and their teachers around the farm. We talk a lot about agriculture in a fun and exciting way. One of the many examples is where does milk come from? A simple question and most know that it comes from a cow (via Grocery Store)! Seeing the baby calves suckle their momma for a tasty treat of milk amazes the children. We discussed how a pumpkin grows and what it takes to make it grow--Seed, food (fertilizer), water, bees to pollinate and the tasty treat they make too. A circle of experiences happens with each visit.
This summer SWOSU of Weatherford asked us to host their camp of STEAM (Science, Technology, Mathamatics)--girls aged 12 and 13--for a day at the farm. They looked through microscopes at the water samples taken including creek water, fresh water, tank water and pump water. Farmer Bob took them on a trip thru the pumpkin patch where they saw the insects at work. They also discussed how the irrigation system works, heard bee talk from the aviary expert, interacted with a nutritionist concerning how our food is grown and tasted raw milk straight from the cow! A very sophisticated and intelligent group of young ladies that took our education to another level.
Without the education of young ones,
where will our next farming generation come from?
Come out for a visit...we love to teach!