Fun on the Farm

Pinnacle Elementary School students participate in a Farm Day.
May. 10, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Pinnacle Elementary School students had some fun on the farm.

The school had a Farm Day at Bovender Farm, owned by Tim and Nell Bovender, on Thursday. The event was held as part of a Farm to School Grant Project that the school received.

"We are trying to tie in the science they learn in the classrooms to real-world applications and farming," said Jason Byrd, principal at Pinnacle. "The kids are having a ball."

The classes walked through the woods to the farm on Thursday morning. Different stations featuring agriculture products were set up around the area for the groups to visit. Community member volunteers included Rutherford County Soil and Water, Rutherford County Beekeepers Association, R-S Central High School Future Farmers of America and Storyteller Dot Lane.

"The important part of today is that the kids learn a little bit about what farming is like. They can also explore some future careers, learn how important water sources are and learn where food comes from," said Cindy Dotson, who organized the event.

Laura Rogers of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association talked to the students about the many uses of soy and demonstrated by making a smoothie using soy milk, fruit and honey.

"I'm trying to teach the kids about soy, water and agriculture," Rogers said.

Another topic covered during the day was recycling. Frank Chyz, recycling coordinator for Rutherford County Schools, led students in a discussion about the many uses of plastic.

"I like to tell them the different things we can make with plastic. I love plastic. It' a tremendous product with infinite possibilities when you recycle," Chyz said. "The students love touching the stuff and imagining what they can do with it."

With the help of Jan McGuinn, an agriculture extension agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, students each planted a different type of vegetable to take home with them.

Tim Bovender said he hopes this event helps to promote agriculture.

"Hopefully some of this will stick with them. We've had lots of kids here that thought we put the eggs under the chickens. At least they are getting to see a little bit of the farm today," Tim said. "Everybody is learning and it's working out well."