Today, some of the youngest students in Vermillion County discovered that learning doesn’t always have to take place in a classroom.
All the kindergartners in the county took a field trip to discover the wonders of life on the farm. “These kids, some of them have never seen a farm, they don’t know where their food comes from,” said teacher Cathy Waldrop.
And that’s where the good folks at Royer Farm step-up, playing host and providing a variety of lessons about farm animals, crops, and more. “This is our first attempt to introduce students in our county about rural education, about farming, about conservation practices,” said Conservation Director Eric Shideler.
Just imagine the wonder of a six year old who makes the connection between farm field and dinner table. “They’re really amazed, especially the grain. The gentleman just taught us that Cheetos have all the grain groups, and the kids are like ‘wow, we just thought it was cheese’,” said Waldrop.
Looking at the faces of the children and it’s easy to see that the lessons are a big hit. But organizers know the kids have a favorite. “Their favorite by far is the turkeys, because they actually get to hold the baby poults and they just love to hold those baby poults,” said Shideler.
The Vermillion County Soil and Water Conservation District is the main driver of this annual event.