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Students learn about food at central Ohio farm
The contest asked third-graders to respond to the question, “How do Ohio farmers make sure we have good, safe food to eat?”
Mary Gray from Big Walnut Elementary in Sunbury and Alice Yang and Kerim Pintol from Granby Elementary in Columbus won the contest. They were selected from more than 20 essays submitted in the contest’s second year.The winners’ entire third-grade classes took an all-expenses-paid field trip to the farm, which produces hogs and compost.
The essay contest is part of the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s ongoing “For Your InFARMation” program. The program includes free educational materials for teachers designed to teach Ohio third-graders about the origins of the food they eat every day and about the important role agriculture plays in Ohio’s economy.
“As more and more Ohio families become generations removed from the farm, it is increasingly important to educate students at a younger age on where their food comes from and the critical role Ohio livestock farmers play in feeding Ohio and the world,” said David White, executive director of the Ohio Livestock Coalition.
“That’s precisely the goal of the ‘For Your InFARMation’ program and students from the two classes were able to experience this concept first-hand at their field trip.”
“For Your InFARMation” materials support key Ohio academic content standards for social studies, language arts, science and math and can be downloaded free of charge. Through these materials, students learn about farmers and the economy, livestock farming, keys to safe and healthy food, careers in agriculture and more.
Photo by Seth Teter