|"Ronnie" Daubert demonstrates to a student how |
to attach the milking unit to the cow's udder. Several
students took advantage of the opportunity to milk
a cow at Wind Mill Farm.
Another benefit of field trips is seeing possible agriculture occupations. In the case of this visit to Wind Mill Farm, students heard how the Daubert family works with nutritionists, equipment salesmen, FSA employees, agriculture engineers, and many more individuals. There are hundreds of occupations in agriculture that directly support production agriculturists. Students heard about the value of some of these occupations to pique their interests and direct their future educational decisions.
Finally, this field trip allowed several generations of agriculture enthusiasts to interact and realize the importance of community connections. Pine Grove Agriculture Education students have been visiting Wind Mill Farm for several years thanks to the support of the Daubert family. Community members realize the value of having Agriculture Education in public high schools and readily offer support to the program to create valuable experiences for its students. Many students said they had often driven by dairy farms, but had never seen the inner workings of the farm. This field trip opened up lines of communication between the students and the farm family which otherwise would not have occurred if not for this field trip. Agriculture Education is all about partnerships and creating opportunities for students to realize their potential.
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