Third-grade students from Southern Elementary in Racine enjoyed a day of fun and learning at Holter Dairy Farm as part of the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s For Your InFARMation program. Kaitlyn Taylor from Southern Elementary won a statewide essay contest conducted as part of the program. In turn, her entire class was awarded an all-expenses-paid field trip to Holter Dairy Farm. Kaitlyn was selected from 37 essays submitted in the contest’s inaugural year. Participants responded to the question “How do Ohio farmers make sure we have good, safe food to eat?”
During the trip to Holter Dairy Farm, students learned about life on a dairy farm, the milking parlor and feeding stations and where milk comes from. They also made their own butter and milked a cow. Educational field trips and hands-on activities provide valuable learning opportunities.
The For Your InFARMation program is designed to teach students about farmers and the economy, livestock farming, keys to safe and healthy food and careers in agriculture and includes free materials for teachers. The materials support key Ohio academic content standards for social studies, language arts, science and math and are available free of charge at www.ForYourInFARMation.com.
Third-grade teachers are encouraged to use the materials to teach students about the origins of the food they eat and the important role agriculture plays in Ohio’s economy.