The one field trip a year that every third-grade student in the county looks forward to is Farm Day. The event is sponsored each year by the Farm Bureau Women at the Warren County A&L Fairgrounds.
The purpose of the day is to enlighten children on the aspects of farming and the importance of farms to our food production. Various volunteers from area businesses each touch on a different aspect of farming and what it entails. The goal is for students to realize where their food comes from and the part farmers play in their lives.
Approximately 520 students broke up in groups and visited each station filled with useful and fun information. Some of the stops included a visit from Smokey the Bear and the forestry department, a working blacksmith shop, tractor display, TWRA wildlife display, a bug exhibit, corn grinding, nursery display and soil conservation. They also received facts from the USDA. Family consumer science agents and 4-H representatives provided an informative skit about dairy products featuring dancing “mice.”
Warren County High School FFA members were on hand assisting with the students, and manning a petting zoo. The popular stop featured goats, sheep, dairy calf, chickens, miniature horse, two pigs and beef heifer.
Caney Fork Electric employees Mike Jones and John Chisam also had an interesting presentation, with a miniature street set up with a Tennessee Valley Authority lake, an electric power station, and electric lines running to a home that shows how electricity is formed and transferred to homes for every day use.
“It’s important for children to know about electricity in order to keep them safe,” said Chisam. “Most of the electrical accidents happen in the home.”
A tasty stop was provided by Henry Colwell and Mindee Houston at the Fairfield Village Grainery. Colwell used a 1932 Meadows Mill corn grinder that was donated by Arzie and Cleo Delong to make corn meal, grits and chicken feed. Houston took the corn meal and made enough corn cakes to make sure each student received one. Some students were not sure about tasting the cake, but West Elementary student Jaiden Taylor enjoyed eating hers.