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Elkhart Students Learn About Ag

Published: Friday, June 7, 2019

Several hundred Elkhart County students from Beardsley and Mary Feeser elementary schools along with students from the Pre-K Early Childhood Education department at the Elkhart Area Career Center participated in Ag Days. There were also students from the Community Based Experience class of Elkhart Central high school and residents from the East Lake Retirement and Rehabilitation Center who took part in the festivities.

Participants learned a variety of facts about the many facets of agriculture during Ag Days May 6-10 at the Agriculture Community Center and Environmental Learning Lab of Elkhart Schools.

Students gained knowledge about farm machinery, Boer goats, milk and dairy cattle, gardening, sheep, poultry, soil and water, swine, water quality, worms (soil aeration) and small engines. Volunteers, including many FFA members and Ag Science Students from Memorial and EACC, explained to the young people some key things to remember about agriculture, farming, gardening and natural resources at each of the stops on their visit. NCRS volunteers also helped out with stations and demonstrations.

Each student was treated with a flower to take home for Mother's Day and Ice Cream as a special treat. A new playground area was also constructed by the help and volunteer of the students of the Law Enforcement class of the EACC and FFA members of the Memorial at ACCELL. The tires for the playground were all donated by Tom's Auto Salvage of Elkhart. Green Mark Equipment of Union, Mich., once again was provided equipment for the students to learn about tillage, planting and harvest plants.

Ag Days is an annual activity that is hosted by the Elkhart Ag Department, Elkhart/EACC FFA and ACCELL Groups. They plan to expand the event to increase exposure to the students of Elkhart to twice a year due to the state spring testing, adding an additional Ag Day events in the fall.

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