City Students Get Lesson In Ag

Farm Showcase Teaches Youth About Food Sources

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Posted: May 1, 2014

Preschoolers in the James Madison University Young Children’s Program watch as Jacob Earhart, 15, of Broadway, sheers a sheep at the second Farming in the City event at Keister Elementary School in Harrisonburg on Tuesday. Preschoolers from throughout Harrisonburg City Public Schools, along with Keister students through fourth grade, explored different stations showing aspects of agriculture. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Sue McKown with the Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association teaches students about the life cycle and honey production of honeybees at the event. More than 1,000 people took part, including almost 800 children, 70 volunteers and a similar number of school staff, and several parents.
Keister Elementary School students watch honeybees on an observation hive during the Farming in the City event at the school on Tuesday. Sheep, poultry, cattle, dairy and produce also were showcased.

HARRISONBURG — Harrisonburg is surrounded by poultry, livestock and fields of grain and produce, but that doesn’t mean children living in the city truly understand where food comes from.


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