Kentucky Farm Bureau was hosting a professional development day for area teachers that focused on incorporating agriculture in their curriculum.
As a Common Ground volunteer for Kentucky, I was invited to speak to the group at lunch about the Follow Farmer program.
Through Follow Farmer, teachers can connect with farmers in their communities.
Some farms offer tours, some farmers come into classrooms discuss their farms and others provide school assembly presentations.
My job is to serve as a contact person for Western Kentucky teachers and put them in touch with farmers in their area.
Over the years, my siblings and I have made many school visits with our show pigs.
I always love teaching kids where their bacon and ham comes from and watching them interact with animals for the first time.
As a farmer, we don’t expect anyone to thank us for what we do.
We don’t expect recognition for our contribution to feeding an ever growing population.
We know that the extra effort we put into keeping the food supply safe often goes unnoticed.
When I work with a school group, however, I get that “pat on the back” experience.
I get a “thank you” and a high five from a second grader who loves cheeseburgers.
I get to see the distraught look on the faces of kindergarteners when I tell them that without dairy farmers they wouldn’t have milk, cheese or ice cream!
I get to provide a child with the chance to play with a piglet and know that its an experience they’ll never forget.
I know that I’m teaching a student something that will stick with them for years to come and that’s the most rewarding feeling in the world.
Are you interested in scheduling a visit from Celeste or another area farmer for your child’s class?