Students get an up-close look at agriculture
H&N photo by Ty
Kaeli Neuman of Pelican Gathering
Preschool pets a lamb belonging to a
member of the Chiloquin-Cascade Sheep
4-H Club at the Farm Expo at the
Klamath County Fairgrounds. Her mother
brought her to the event.
February 27, 2007
Herald and News
Thomas Montoya of the Chiloquin-Cascade Sheep
4-H Club said it's fun to talk to kids about
his agricultural activities.
The 16-year-old was at
the Klamath County Fairgrounds Tuesday along
with other 4-H and FFA members for the 22nd
annual Farm Expo.
While the event serves as a recruiting
opportunity for the two groups, organizers say
its deeper purpose is to expose children and
their families to agricultural life.
“It's fun to see the
look on their faces, for them to see something
they thought foreign but is really just
outside their back door,” said Jessica Horsely,
4-H and youth development coordinator for the
Oregon State University Extension Service in
Klamath County. Seventeen booths along with
farming equipment and other displays filled
the John Hancock Event Center for the expo.
About 900 fourth-graders were scheduled to
visit the center Tuesday and today to listen
to presentations from FFA and 4-H members as
well as others involved in agriculture.
Christy Flowers of the Klamath-Lake Farm
Bureau is in her third year organizing the
event, though her involvement goes back nearly
to the beginning when the Farm Bureau and
Klamath County Cattlewomen's Association began
Both Flowers and fellow organizer Suzanne
Gallagher with the Cattlewomen said the event
started as way to educate the public and show
the role agriculture plays in society.
“It's knowing that milk doesn't just come from
the store,” Flowers said.
Leigh Ann Arthur, director of curriculum and
instruction for Klamath Falls City Schools,
said she's seen students benefit from the
event on a number of levels.
“It's just a wonderful partnership,” she said.
Not all the
benefit is for the fourth-graders, though.
Montoya said while he enjoyed talking to the
kids about his agricultural projects and
interests, the event also provided an
opportunity to improve his public speaking
skills. Getting out of school to participate
is nice, too.
“That's a bonus,” he
By TY BEAVER,
H&N Staff Writer
The Farm Expo will continue to have visits
from county and city schools' fourth-graders