Where does your food come from?
Farming basics were shown Oct. 10 to elementary and middle school students from Wellington, Firelands, and Keystone during this year’s Food for America event at the Lorain County Fairgrounds.
High-schoolers from Firelands, Wellington, and the Lorain County JVS work with local FFA chapters to organize the gathering every year.
It includes exhibitions on agricultural essentials such as cattle raising, maple syrup production, horseback riding, and tractor maintenance.
“Having an understanding of where your food comes from allows someone to make informed decisions when they’re shopping at the store,” said Firelands FFA advisor Shanna Finnegan. “It helps people understand different terms like ‘free range’ and ‘organic.’”
Finnegan said it’s been a great experience helping the event grow since its inception when she was a junior in high school.
Seeing how real farms work and how products are produced is valuable for students, she said: “They’ve all been able to ask questions that aren’t usually brought up in their everyday life.”
Sam Ives, a senior at Firelands, took the lead among students in putting things together this year. She was put on the committee organizing the event as a freshman and took over as chair last year.
“Usually our goal is to invite more urban schools like Clearview and Elyria, but many of them can’t come anymore because of funding cuts,” she said. “We just want kids to be informed about food so they can make their own decisions. Agriculture is something really important for children to experience first-hand. It’s always been a huge part of my life and I’m proud of that.”
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.