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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Roots Of Bruce Ag Program Today

Walkerton | by Robyn Garvey  

Students will learn all about the importance of agriculture in Grey Bruce.

Over the next two days, 600 grade five and six students from across Bruce and Grey Counties will be receiving an important lesson in agriculture.

It’s all part of the 24th annual Roots of Bruce which is taking place in the Ag buildings in Walkerton.

Spokesperson Monica Zettel says the project is designed to help kids reconnect with the regions strong agricultural roots.

She says even though these children live in a rural region, many of them have very little knowledge about agriculture and farm life in general.

With 23 different agriculture stations to visit, Zettel says students are sure to have a great time.

With cattle, calves, sheep, alpacas, chickens and pigs on hand, Zettel says it will be a genuine farm experience.

Students can even try their hand at milking a virtual cow, watch a sheep be shorn or speak with a farmer about crops or livestock.

Animals are not the only attraction, Zettel says students will also learn about the business of agriculture and the science behind it.

The goal is to foster a better understating and appreciation in students for the production and marketing of food as well as the sustainable practices to manage natural resources.

Students can also climb aboard a combine (harvester) as well check out other farm and tractor equipment.

Zettel says it takes a lot of work to pull off an event of this quality, with more than one hundred volunteers she says this really is a huge team effort.

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