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Program helps students learn about agriculture industry

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

PERRY COUTNY, Ky. (WYMT) Two groups teamed up Tuesday to bring a farm to an Eastern Kentucky elementary school.

The reason is to give kids insight into what all goes into the industry that much of our nation depends on.

The job of a farmer requires many hats.

As a farmer, Tonya Murphy knows what those hats are and uses her experience to bring the farm to schools across the Bluegrass.

“What happens if we sell all the farm land? We’re not going to be eating real good,” Murphy said.

The Owensboro Museum of Science and History's Agriculture: Kentucky program uses nine different stations to teach students at East Perry Elementary School about the different aspects that go into the industry.

“If you don’t plant your seeds deep enough, then your animals are coming back and having dessert on you,” Murphy added.

One of the stations set up is a fake cow where students can learn where milk really comes from with a hands-on approach.

“And we have a real milking machine and they can try that out and put a finger in there and see what that feels like and it’s kind of scary!” Murphy said.

Patty Fugate is the District Coordinator with the Perry County Conservation District which helped bring the Agriculture Adventure program to elementary schools within the county.

“Sitting in the classroom, learning from a book isn’t as exciting as learning from the hands-on things,” Fugate added.

Members from the Future Farmers of America chapter at Perry County Central High School volunteered their time to manage each station and help make the day fun.

“They use their imaginations and try to make it fun and the whole goal for today is to be sure these kids have fun and then the learning just kind of slides right in there,” Murphy said.

With the hope that one of these students will later fill the shoes of the farmers before them.

The Agriculture Adventure program is visiting all elementary schools in Perry County.

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