Recently, members of the Miami Trace FFA Chapter spent their day at the Miami Trace Elementary school educating approximately 720 third, fourth and fifth graders about agriculture and where their food comes from.
The high school students demonstrated in a step-by-step process how farmers get a finished food product from livestock, such as a pig. A petting zoo provided the perfect opportunity for kids who lack an agricultural background to see baby pigs, a feeder calf, and many other animals they may not see otherwise.
Other stations had more hands-on demonstrations, such as the station where kids learned about the composition of soil. Through this demonstration, students got to enjoy “dirt pudding,” getting to see firsthand how there are many different layers of soil. The Miami Trace FFA would also like to thank JD Equipment, Baxla Tractor Sales and Mayer Farm Equipment for donating tractors and implements for students to experience.
The Miami Trace FFA achieved 100 percent chapter participation by asking each agricultural education class to contribute to the demonstration in some way. Some students donated supplies such as zip-lock bags and snacks, and others produced lesson plans and did research.
The goal of Fall Harvest Days is to make sure that the youth of the Miami Trace Local School District understand that everything they eat is a result of a farmer’s hard work. The Miami Trace FFA is living up to the National FFA Organization’s mission by increasing awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being.
The Miami Trace FFA is a satellite program of Great Oaks Career Campuses, which encompasses approximately 200 students studying areas of agribusiness and production.