Touring Farms for Kids hosted nearly 40 children for their two-day event visiting six area farms and finished at Peinhardt Farm last Thursday afternoon.
The event was for children between ages 7-14 and operated for 8-10 volunteers and 35 young participants. Grandmother and volunteer Doris Patterson said her five grandchildren accompanied her and she thought the experience was an unforgettable one.
“I think it was excellent and the kids learned so much about where their food comes form, how hard it is to grow, and the science behind it,” Patterson said. “Sometimes we think children aren’t paying attention, but some of the speakers reiterated information and asked questions and the kids would raise their hands and answer them. It’s good to know they are paying attention and that they learned so much in these two days.”
Patterson said the participants were able to be hands-on at the farms they visited.
“They were able to fish, pick strawberries, shop at the farmers market, and take home as many red potatoes as they could carry,” Patterson said. “I’m so thankful for the generosity of those who took time to work with the kids and also the sponsors who gave financial support to make it happen.”
North Alabama Agriplex’s Rachel Dawsey coordinated the event and said they had a waiting list following their full group of 35 kids.
“I felt things went great in our 13th year and we couldn’t do it without our sponsors, the farmers, participants and the volunteers,” Dawsey said. “My favorite thing is the kids get a five dollar voucher for the farmers market and can purchase something and will experience the full cycle from seeing the farmers plant and harvest the food and then sell it. We had a good group of kids who seemed really interested and got a lot out of the tour and the community involvement was great.”
Lauren Estes can be reached at email@example.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.