This week, I helped my sister Renee shoot a video for the Kentucky Corn Grower’s “Next Kentucky Farm Star” contest.
Renee has always been passionate about teaching children about our farm.
When we show pigs at the state fair, most exhibitors get annoyed by the long lines of urban school children weaving in and out of the hog pens.
Not Renee! She’s always the one who gets our pigs up and lets the kids pet them.
She patiently answers their questions, no matter how many they have.
Even though I knew she was good with kids, I wasn’t so sure how she’d do in front of a video camera.
As a stereotypical big sister, I felt sure that I would have to coach Renee through her video.
I couldn’t have been more wrong!
Renee had already thought out all the different topics she wanted to address and all she needed me for was to hit record on the camera!
Whether or not Renee is selected to be the “Next Kentucky Farm Star,” she’s proven that she’s not too young to start teaching kids about agriculture.
In fact, I think she’s rubbing off on our baby brother Daniel!
After watching me film Renee’s video, Daniel insisted that I interview him.
Even though he was running around the yard shirtless, I humored him.
At first I thought interviewing a 5 year-old was just fun and games but I quickly realized that Daniel is the only pig farmer his preschool classmates will ever meet.
As a child, Daniel can help his classmates learn where their food comes from at a very young age.
Making a game out of interviews like this are great practice for Daniel to start learning how to explain what our family does to take care of our animals.
While he’s not nearly as eloquent as Renee, he’s well on his way to being a great spokesperson for agriculture and proof that you’re never too young to start sharing your farm story.
Have your farm kids practiced their advocating for agriculture skills?