FGHS Agriculture Passing Down Their Knowledge at Field Day

May 24, 2022

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Elementary class petting a chicken at Farm Day. (Photos provided by Hannah Bruner.)

Fair Grove High School’s Agriculture Department recently welcomed elementary classes to Farm Day on Tuesday May 17, 2022.

Elementary and high school students always look forward to Farm Day, offering an educational and fun opportunity for elementary level kids to learn about their favorite animals and even pet some of them. The kids get to go to different stations and learn about an animal by a high school agriculture student, get to ask questions then get the opportunity to pet the animals. 

Mr. Crutcher and Mr. Johnston oversee the whole thing but it is mainly the kids who put it on. Everyone signs up to bring animals and the equipment for them. Alyssa Snitker (10) said, “Everyone helps that day, even if it’s setting up, talking to the kids or just making sure everything runs smoothly.”

Brigid Woods (10), explained how as an officer, she was one of the many assigned to a certain station, working the greenhouse teaching the kids about plants and assisting them in planting sunflowers. Woods revealed, “My favorite part is hearing all the funny questions that kids have for you.” 

Elementary class planting sunflowers, assisted by Aylssa Snitker (10).

Snitker shared, “Farm day happens because it is a way for the younger children to gain knowledge about agriculture. Science is such an important aspect of our life, we find it to be a great way to educate these children. It also is an overall fun day for them because they get to see things that you don’t see often.” 

Snitker worked the greenhouse alongside Woods, she stated, “I teach the kids the importance of plants and how they provide everyday essentials. When it is their turn, every kid gets to plant a seed and take it home.” She added, “Farm Day includes many animals and varies depending on year. This year dogs, a dairy calf, a donkey, ducks, a hen, a goat, a heifer, fish, a pig, and rabbits.”

The greenhouse, being one of the many interactive stations, includes each child being given a cup of soil as well as a sunflower seed. They dug their own holes and planted their seeds, every child was sent away with a beaming smile on their face and a plant of their own to watch grow. 

Snitker voiced her joyment sharing how she loves watching the kids interact with all of the different animals, she especially loves hearing the questions they ask. She said, “Some of their questions never fail to give me a good laugh.”

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