HANFORD — Did you know that different types of chickens lay differently colored eggs? Or that some eggs have two yolks inside? Well every third-grader in the county now does.
Third-graders across Kings County participated in Farm Day, which took place Thursday at the Kings Fairgrounds and is a collaborative effort on the part of the Kings County Farm Bureau, the Kings County Office of Education and the Kings Fair.
Farm Day strives to teach students about the positive contributions farming makes to the community and the local economy — which is what the Kings County Farm Bureau is all about.
Now in its 14th year, Kings County Farm Day brought together 2,390 third graders and 106 teachers from 36 schools for the unique field trip.
With the help of 26 businesses, 10 equipment operators and 26 animal presenters, students from across the county had the opportunity to learn about the many facets of agriculture through interactive exhibits and hands-on experiences.
Volunteers guided students through a number of exhibits that allowed them to climb on tractors, pet a variety of farm animals and learn the process of how food gets from the farm to the fork.
Joselyn Vega, Dawon Brown and Camila Alvarado are third-grade students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. The students said they had a great time at Farm Day and learned a lot of new things on their field trip.
Camila said her favorite part was learning about different fruits and vegetables. In case you’re wondering, her favorite type of fruit is apples.
While Dawon said his favorite part of the day was being able to go inside the helicopter, Joselyne said she loved seeing the chicks at the Farmer John station.
“They’re so cute and adorable,” Joselyne said, adding she now knows why chickens scratch their feet on the floor (it’s to get rid of the bugs).
The goal of Farm Day is to spark an interest in agriculture – a dominant industry in the Valley – at a young age for the next generation of consumers. As educational as it is fun, Farm Day teaches children valuable lessons about where food comes from.
“Farm Day provides us with a special opportunity to teach local students about the importance of living in a farming community,” said Farm Day Chairman Brian Bergman in a press release. “Our goal is for every child who attends Farm Day to gain an increased awareness of the positive contributions that agriculture makes not only to our local community and our economy, but to the world.”
Dusty Ference, executive director of the Kings County Farm Bureau, said Farm Day is a great opportunity to remind students that agriculture exists in Kings County.
“This also shows them what agriculture entails and lets them know there are jobs and other things for the future that come from the ag industry,” Ference said.
This is the third year Ference has experienced Farm Day as executive director, and he said his favorite part is seeing the kids experience new things and hearing their questions.
“They come up with some great questions — things that we don’t think about sometimes,” Ference said. “It’s a different perspective.”
Ference said most of the presenters and volunteers have participated in Farm Day for many years and look forward to the event every year.
Future Farmers of America students were the tour guides for classes and other FFA students and 4-H students were presenters as well.