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Friday, April 5, 2019

Students Learn Lessons of Farm Life

Walkerton | by Robyn Garvey  

Roots of Bruce engages youth in Grey and Bruce counties.

No shortage of excitement or interest of farm life at the Roots of Bruce exhibit which is located in the Walkerton Agricultural Society Buildings.

Over the last two days, Grade 5 and 6 students from across Grey and Bruce Counties have been participating in a interactive agricultural lesson.

The Bruce to Roots project is designed to help kids reconnect with the regions strong agricultural roots.

Spokesperson Morgan Inglis notes that even though Grey Bruce is a rural region, there are many students that know very little about farm life and agriculture in general.

He says many youth are so far removed from the farm, that they don’t always recognize the farm to fork connection.

This year’s theme is ‘Farmers: Footsteps to the Future’.

With awide range of agricultural stations to visit, students are receiving lessons on: maple syrup production, the importance of bees, the evolution of farming when it comes to technology and they are even able check out some pretty heavy duty farm machinery.

The main attraction of the event remains the farm animals.

Students are able to pet calves, horses, and alpacas, view the little piglets in action as well as get up close and personal with chickens. 

Many students say the event has helped cultivate a greater respect for farmers and the work that is put into agriculture.

Along with a greater respect for the role farmers play, many students learned about the importance of food production, sustainable practices and the need to manage natural resources.

Inglis says Roots of Bruce is always a great hit with the students who are enjoy the hands on agricultural learning experience.

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