‘Farm-City Day’ educates youth in dairy farming

Bloomer (WQOW) – A 2016 study showed that one-in-four children don’t know where butter or cheese comes from.

An annual local farming event is looking to change that statistic. Farm-City Day is a ‘back to the farm’ celebration that teaches locals about agriculture. The celebration rotates farms in Dunn, Chippewa and Eau Claire Counties every year. Seibel’s Organic Dairy Farm in Bloomer is hosting this year. Activities begin Saturday, but Friday was dedicated to education Chippewa Valley students.

“I’ve seen a lot of cows,” said student Sam Bresina of Chippewa Falls. “I’ve seen what they do, how much milk and water they do, how to milk a cow. It’s been very fun.”

Students also learned about farming equipment safety, where farm food comes from, and how it’s grown and produced. Farm owner Adam Seibel said he was shocked when many kids told him they’ve never stepped foot on a farm. Seibel also stressed the importance of getting locals on their land, because many people are now two or more generations removed from farms.

“It runs through my mind all the time,” Seibel said. “What’s going to happen in another 20, 30 years, when there are fewer and fewer families that grew up on farms? What’s really going to happen? Are there just going to be the big farms left? There’s not going to be any local, small family dairy farms anymore, and I think that’s a real possibility.”

Seibel said it’s important to get children out to a farm to show them what really goes on behind grocery store shelves. The official Farm-City Day is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is open to the public.

For more information on the event, see here.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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