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Visiting a working farm can be a wonderful school activity. It can be educational and entertaining for everyone. When children visit a farm they become connected to the farm experience by making long-lasting memories. They get to see the connection between a farm and the food that they eat!

Children enrolled in the Towanda class of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. recently visited Bradley Farms in Litchfield Township. They learned about the cows and where milk comes from. Some of them even got to milk a real cow! Farm owner, Mark Bradley, talked with the children about what happens to the corn in the fields, how it becomes food for the animals and where it is stored. Farmer Mark had also set up a small box filled with dried corn so the children could touch, smell and play with it!

Bradford County Dairy Princess, Emily Cole talked to the young students about the many things that are made from milk. The children got to make homemade butter. Then Emily read the book “The Baby Says Moo” while everyone enjoyed a snack of cheese sticks and hot cocoa.

It is important that children come away from farm field trips with an understanding of where their food comes from; of being connected somehow to the hard work and effort that goes into growing crops and raising animals. It might even change the way they think about food, making them less likely to waste it. Or it might help them eat healthier foods. There is one thing for certain about a trip to the farm. It is sure to put a smile on a child’s face which in turn will bring smiles to parents and teachers, creating a special bond and maybe, a lifelong memory.

Photo Caption:       Children enrolled in the Towanda Head Start classroom of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. take a moment to pose with parent, Tinya Buck (left), Bradford County Dairy Princess Emily Cole (center), and Bradley Farms owner, Mark Bradley, during their recent field trip to Bradley Farms in Litchfield Township.