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5th graders from four Onondaga County schools visit a dairy farm

YOUTH AND AG…

CCE Onondaga County offers an on-farm learning experience to 280 students from four Onondaga County school districts

Students will tour Barbland Dairy to learn more about milk production and all the foods they eat that are made with milk. (Photo by EVGEN SLAVIN on Unsplash)

ONONDAGA CO., NY – Many children and families in Onondaga County have never been to a farm and don’t understand where their food comes from. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County, with the generous support of the Onondaga County Agriculture Council and agricultural community volunteers, is offering an on-farm learning experience to 280 students from four Onondaga County school districts. Students will tour Barbland Dairy to learn more about milk production and all the foods they eat that are made with milk.

Onondaga Counties 5e The Grade Dairy Farm field trip will take place June 11 at Barbland Dairy Farm, 1338 Vincent Corners Rd, Fabius, NY 13063. This dairy farm milks 2,300 cows and has 4,800 acres of crops. Three families own and manage Barbland. Multiple family farms allow farms to grow. “Growing a farm makes a farm sustainable for the next generation,” said Bret Bossard, co-owner of Barbland.

The students will arrive at the farm on June 11 at 10am. The educational experience includes a 40-minute hayride through the milking parlors, along with visits to educational stations in tents in a nearby field. To prevent the possible spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), students remain on hayrides the entire time they are near the milking parlors.

Interactive educational presentations on the topics of field crops, agricultural tools, baby calves – dairy cows and other topics that demystify agricultural and food systems will take place in the six educational tents. Experienced dairy farm volunteers will present information to the students during the excursion.

Highlights of the lunch menu include donations of Chobani yogurt and Trinity Valley chocolate milk.

Journalists and photographers are very welcome. Scott Hudson will be able to facilitate interviews with students whose parents have given permission to be photographed.

–Cornell Cooperative Extension Onondaga County