Second graders visit Munk Dairy for Farm Field Days

A team leader asks a class of Birch Creek Elementary School second graders which animals they wanted to see at Munk Dairy that day, and they readily gave their answers.

“Goats!”

“Cows!”

“Sasquatch!”

Well, they almost saw all the animals they wanted to. Around 450 second graders visited Munk Dairy in Amalga yesterday as part of Cache County Farm Bureau Farm Field Days. A separate group of 450 students visited Wangsbard Dairy in College Ward Wednesday.

The students walked around the dairy Thursday, getting a tour of the facilities and learning about agriculture. Throughout the farm, event coordinators set up 11 stations. Future Farmers of America students led the groups to each station, where representatives of different aspects of the agriculture industry waited to teach the second graders. The stations ranged in topics from nutrition basics to farm safety.

At one station, the students made living necklaces. First, the kids would dip a cotton ball in water, add a few seeds, and put it all in a plastic bag attached to a loop of yarn for their neck. Guests also got to see the dairy’s cows get milked and how the various ingredients in cow feed are mixed.

This is the third year the Farm Bureau has hosted farm visits in Cache Valley, and every year about nine more classes sign up to visit the farm. There are similar events through the state and even the nation. The bureau coordinates the field trips, invites schools to bring their students and even pays for part of the cost of transporting the kids.

– rachel@cvdaily.com

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