Alan and Bethany Barka
Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee Members
Last month at the annual meeting, I had the opportunity to go with the group of Farm Bureau members to do agriculture in the classroom at a local elementary school in Bloomington. I was a little hesitant to go simply because I teach every day, and I wasn’t sure I would like teaching something completely different. This experience was the highlight of my annual meeting. It was so fun to see the kids learn all sorts of new things and make all kinds of connections with agriculture to the world they live in.
The activity we had them do involved them sorting everyday objects into bins where they thought they came from. The choices were farm, factory or store. When they sorted them, it was an even split, but they later found out they all originated from the farm, specifically beef animals.
As we got near the end, I remember one kid raised his hand saying, “I think I’m catching on that everything comes from the farm somehow.”
That comment made the experience totally worth it. So many kids today do not realize how important agriculture is within their everyday lives. Agriculture in the classroom is a very effective way to show everyone how tied to agriculture we all are. If you have never done agriculture in the classroom, I highly recommend that you put it on your to do list!