Casey Croucher/Recorder Staff TOP LEFT: Carson Shaffer pets Passat the dairy calf at the 4-H Agriculture Awareness Day. TOP RIGHT: Beth Claes teaches Barkley third grade students what horseshoes are during the 4-H Agriculture Awareness Day. BOTTOM LEFT: Michael DeAngelo, left, pets an alpaca as owner Adele Cromer, right, of Windswept Alpacas in Sprakers, holds the animal's reins.
By CASEY CROUCHER
Greater Amsterdam School District third graders got a taste of local agriculture Friday during the 4-H Agriculture Awareness Day at Shuttleworth Park.
"We do this event to educate the kids," 4-H Youth Program Assistant Shannon Dygert said. "We want students to know where their food and fiber come from so they can be educated about how the process works. We also bring in different animals so that students can be exposed to that aspect of agriculture. Everything we talk about today is tied into their school curriculum."
Dygert said the 4-H program through the Cornell Cooperative Extension recruited people to set up stations for the awareness day. There were 12 stations for third graders from Barkley, Marie Curie, McNulty and Tecler elementary schools.
Friday's stations had a variety of different topics including alpacas, flowers, a dairy calf, goats, a horse, vegetables, maple syrup and other interesting topics to explore.
"It's nice that we have so many different topics because the students get to learn a variety of different topics," she said. "It's even better when the stations let the students get hands-on."
A popular station with the students was Passat the dairy calf from Dellavale Farm in Pattersonville. Students got to sit down and pet the calm calf in the grass.
Carson Shaffer, a Marie Curie student, said he wanted to keep the cow.
"I would have her as a pet," he said.
Dygert said the event is good for the students and the people manning the stations because they both learn something.
"The students ask a lot of questions, and they're great questions because they honestly don't know the answers and they're eager to find out," she said. "The people teaching them love it. They love how the kids are so interested and it's a learning experience for them because they learn how to teach these kids."
There will be another 4-H Agriculture Awareness Day at Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School June 13.