GILFORD — New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom (NHAITC ) and the Belknap County Farm Bureau are sponsoring the fourth annual Belknap County School to Farm day on September 24-25 at the Ramblin' Vewe Farm in Gilford.
The event has grown rapidly, expanding to two days and reaching nearly 400 Belknap County fourth graders. Students from Alton, Barnstead, Gilford, Gilmanton, Laconia and New Hampton will meet farmers and learn about how agriculture impacts their daily lives. They will watch sheep being sheared, learn about how bees make honey, discover where milk comes from (hint: it's not the grocery store), explore the mysteries of soil, find out how plants grow, drive a team of oxen, taste sweet maple syrup and more.
All of the farms and organizations that are presenting come from within Belknap County so students will learn that some of the food and fiber that they depend on is being produced locally. Participating teachers receive resources to help integrate agriculture into their curriculum.
In addition to funding from the Belknap County Farm Bureau, this event is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings, Moulton Farm in Meredith, Farm Family Insurance (Ashland Office), Barbara and Bill Angevine, Lindon Garlic Farm in Gilmanton, Huckins Farm in New Hampton, Cabot Creamery Cooperative and the host Ramblin' Vewe Farm in Gilford.
Other volunteers include representatives from Belknap County Conservation District, Belknap County Cooperative Extension, Shepherd's Hut wool workers, Pemi-Baker Beekeepers Association, Ox-K Farm in Gilford, Suroewic Farm in Sanbornton, and Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia.
New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom is a private, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, dedicated to helping New Hampshire youth understand and appreciate the important role that agriculture plays in their daily lives.
Support is provided by the New Hampshire Farm Bureau, the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food and donations from businesses, organizations and individuals. The program offers resources for educators, professional workshops, in-school presentation, School to Farm events, Ag Literacy Programs, and curriculum consultation.