FOOD FOR AMERICA: Kids get a taste of farm life


By Jonathan Delozier - jdelozier@civitasmedia.com



Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Civitas Media Eight-year-olds Aubrey Mayer, Derek Matthews, Shane Ohl, Eli McConoughey, Brody O’Boyle, and Tyler Pierce, all of LaGrange, pet a calf.


Abriella Schnell, 8, of LaGrange, gets some pointers on how to operate a tractor.


Paige Bremke, 9, of Wellington, gets acquainted with a 1,000-pound horse as 16-year-old Morgan Nance of Firelands supervises.


Eight-year-olds Zach Gibson and Olivia Lamb of LaGrange see just how big a tractor tire is.


Kids received presentations on hunting, animal calls, and maple syrup production.


The next time area kids take a bite of a hamburger they might have a better idea of how it got to their plate.

More than 200 third- and fourth-graders from the Firelands, Wellington, and Keystone schools participated Oct. 12 in Food For America at the Lorain County Fairgrounds.

The annual event aims to educate children on the process of how their food is made.

Firelands Future Farmers of America advisor Shanna Finnegan said the event started in Lorain County in 1997.

“The kids are rotating between 22 different stations,” she said. “We have high school students from Firelands, Wellington, and JVS leading the stations. It’s great for them to get out here in the sun and see farm life first-hand.”

Stations exhibited by the students included dairy and beef cattle, donkeys, miniature horses, draft and saddle horses, and poultry.

Tractors, hunting presentations, and maple syrup production were also part of the rotation.

“Wellington and Keystone aren’t as urban as the schools we used to try and focus on,” said Samantha Ives, a 16-year-old junior at Firelands and secretary of the school’s FFA chapter. “We usually like to focus on urban schools that don’t know a lot about agriculture. That way the kids can learn where their food comes from.”

She said many students she’s come across aren’t properly informed about food production.

“I’ve run into kids who don’t know what animal milk comes from,” she said. “It’s really important that when they come across organizations that are against agriculture and animal processing that they have the information needed to form their own opinion.”

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Civitas Media Eight-year-olds Aubrey Mayer, Derek Matthews, Shane Ohl, Eli McConoughey, Brody O’Boyle, and Tyler Pierce, all of LaGrange, pet a calf.

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/10/web1_IMG_5077.jpg

Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Civitas Media Eight-year-olds Aubrey Mayer, Derek Matthews, Shane Ohl, Eli McConoughey, Brody O’Boyle, and Tyler Pierce, all of LaGrange, pet a calf.

Abriella Schnell, 8, of LaGrange, gets some pointers on how to operate a tractor.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/10/web1_IMG_5079.jpgAbriella Schnell, 8, of LaGrange, gets some pointers on how to operate a tractor.

Paige Bremke, 9, of Wellington, gets acquainted with a 1,000-pound horse as 16-year-old Morgan Nance of Firelands supervises.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/10/web1_IMG_5070.jpgPaige Bremke, 9, of Wellington, gets acquainted with a 1,000-pound horse as 16-year-old Morgan Nance of Firelands supervises.

Eight-year-olds Zach Gibson and Olivia Lamb of LaGrange see just how big a tractor tire is.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/10/web1_IMG_5078.jpgEight-year-olds Zach Gibson and Olivia Lamb of LaGrange see just how big a tractor tire is.

Kids received presentations on hunting, animal calls, and maple syrup production.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/10/web1_IMG_5071.jpgKids received presentations on hunting, animal calls, and maple syrup production.

By Jonathan Delozier

jdelozier@civitasmedia.com