March 13, 2014
HARRISONBURG -- The first ever "Farming in the City" Day taught about 750 children the importance of agriculture on Tuesday morning at Keister Elementary School.
Lauren Arbogast, a teacher at the school, organized the event. She said that many of the kids have never set foot on a farm, so this was a way to teach them how their food gets on the table.
The children learned about farming machinery, milking cows, and putting horseshoes on horses, among other things. Arbogast thought of the idea after attending a similar event at Buffalo Gap High School.
"All too often kids think food magically appears at Wal-Mart and on the shelves. I think it's extremely important. Agriculture is an essential element of this nation, of this world. Kids need to understand that food doesn't magically appear. There's a process that it comes through," she said.
She put lesson plans together for other teachers, so the children could apply some of the things they've learned into the classroom, and on the SOL's.