My Passion – Fast Food Farm

WHAT IS YOUR PASSION?   My passion is teaching our youth as well as adults at times about the importance of agriculture.  This time of the year ends my nine months of fulfilling my passion.  My year starts with the beginning of the spring season and ends with the end of the fall season in teaching about “Where Does Your Food Come From?”                                                        

Fast Food Farm sign

At the Fast Food Farm the youth become physically involved in the growing process of their food.

Through hands-on activities they learn how the weather affects the plants, and what happens to the food when it leaves the farm.   They also learn about food nutrition, food preparation, and food processing.

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In working with the Ag Science students throughout the school year I have seen them grow in leadership and character to become leaders in our community.   At the Fast Food Farm students learn how to respect the land as they discover how to cultivate and prepare the soil for planting.  

 Throughout the nine months over 5000 students are learning about “Where Does Your Food Come From?”  It is so rewarding to see our youth connect to the soil, plants, animals, and the source of their foods.

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To teach

Do you remember any of your teachers from your school days? I do! Most teachers have hundreds of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.

Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

Students in DC this summer learned to make butter from cream, a product  from cow's milk.

Students in DC this summer learned to make butter from cream, a product from cow’s milk.

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. The true aim of those who teach is not to transplant his own opinions, but to inspire minds.

I was in DC mid-July for the summer meeting of the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee. We, as farmers, must continue to tell our story to keep agriculture a positive part of everyone’s life.

We visited a children’s garden near the Farm Bureau office and met about 36 students from a nearby school. A story about cows was read and the students shook small containers of cream to make butter. I love to watch children’s faces as they learn something new! It is an inspiration to me to be a part of this learning process!