Agriculture Day at Ashford Farm

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

Ashford students learned first-hand how to be farmers. Many teachers believe starting young could help increase the numbers of farmers, even though some want to change paths.

Whether it oinked, mooed, or plowed, kindergarten through 6th grade students got up-close and personal to animals and farm equipment for Ashford High's Future Farmer's of America Farm Day.

Rena Taylor of Future Farmer of America said, "Kids love animals and they love being around big animals and tractors.”

And, during FFA’s Farm Day kids get to pet roosters, like 'Old Man'. Authorities say it's important for kids to have these hands-on activities so they know what it's like to be a farmer

FFA Teacher at Ashford High, Donya Holland said, "When young children have an opportunity to show animals from a farm it gives them a choice. It gives them something they choose to do and keeps them away from things that aren't so good for them."

This is the 20th year for the Farm Day.

Organizers say many of the students who were in grade school when it began now come back to help.

The equipment and animals came from the farms of students who are FFA members.

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