Agriculture provides everything we eat, use, and wear on a daily basis. But too few children truly understand this great contribution. This is particularly true in the schools, where students are exposed to agriculture on a limited basis. With a small number of children living on farms, many do not understand how their food gets from the farm to their plates. Additionally, they are not aware that many common household items are produced from various agricultural crops. It is important for youth to learn about agriculture and nutrition and how it relates to their food supply.
More than 200 Kershaw County 2nd Graders participated in the Down On The Farm event hosted by the staff of Belger Farms in Boykin. Youth were able to see and learn more about various aspects of agriculture to include animals such as horses, donkeys, rabbits, beef cows, goats, and pigs. Other stations at the event included forestry, weather and gardening, old fashion lemonade stand, and a simulator of a row crop combine. Youth also participated in a coloring and essay contest related to the farm and food supply. Teachers were given resources for their classrooms to further educate the students about agriculture and its importance to their daily lives.
Sponsors and volunteers for the event included Belger Farms staff, Kershaw County Farm Bureau, SC Farm Bureau, Cal Maine Foods, SC Forestry Commission, WLTX-TV Meteorologist Jim Gandy, Lugoff Garden Club, ATEC FFA members, 4H members and volunteers, and Clemson Extension staff and advisory council members.
This information and photos provided by the Clemson Extension Service