VAN WERT — Fourth graders are learning more about farming at this year’s Cows and Plows program at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds.
The program is organized by the Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District.
On Tuesday, students from Lincolnview and Crestview schools participated in the program.
On Thursday, students from St. Mary’s parochial and Van Wert schools will attend.
The speakers cover a broad range of topics.
“We get to have the kids come out on a fun field trip and they learn about eight different stations so everything from soil and water. They get to visit with some livestock and talk about livestock production. There’s a crop and science production section. We have antique implements. We also do a production of our meats from Cooper Farms. They tell the kids about food safety, what all we have to do to get that to the table. So there’s a lot of things that they do. A lot of learning goes on,” said Tammy Campbell, education coordinator with the Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District.
“I think it’s important because we’ve gotten away from farming and so many of them don’t live on a farm or don’t know anybody that lives on a farm,” said Campbell.
The fourth graders also learned about how far farming has come, thanks to technology.
“We have the antiques and then we also have our modern combine over here that they see all of the hydraulics and all of the mechanics of it and they really get to see a good cross-section of what it takes for our community,” she said.
Even lunch was a teachable moment.
“They’re going to eat a hamburger, so they learn where that hamburger comes from,” she said.
Campbell was appreciative of the sponsors that made the day possible.
Cows and Plows ‘18 was supported by groups including Advanced Biological Marketing, Ag Credit, Cooper Farms Cooked Meats, D&D Ingredient, Earl J. Gerdeman Agricultural Scholarship, Farm Credit, 4-H Council, Gerdeman Land & Cattle LLC, Heritage Farm Equipment, Kenn-Feld Group, Lincolnview Young Farmers, Maumee Watershed Conservancy District, Ohio State University Extension Office, Save-A-Lot, Van Wert County Fair Board, Van Wert County Farm Bureau, Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District and Wrenco Trophy.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.