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Ag Day 2023North and South

04/05/2023 @ 11:35 am

Ag Day South was held March 16 at The Children’s Farm at The  in Palos Park. Three hundred and twenty-four third grade students from six elementary schools attended the event, which featured stations on poultry, cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, corn/soybeans, compost/earthworms, and bees/honey. Thank you to The Children’s Farm workers and volunteers, including Amy DiDominicis and Tara Garcia, Cook County Farm Bureau Board and Ag Lit Team Members Mike Rauch and Mark Yunker, University of Illinois Master Gardeners from Cook County South, led by Nancy Kreith, and Pete Soltesz and Kim Kulton from Illinois Bee Rescue, and student volunteers from Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

 

 

 

Pete Soltesz from Illinois Bee Rescue teaches students from Walker Elementary School about bees and pollination during Ag Day South.

 

CCFB Board Members and Agricultural Literacy Team Members Mike Rauch, left, and Mark Yunker taught third grade students how corn and soybeans are grown and the crops’ byproducts during Ag Day South, held March 16 at The Children’s Farm at The Center in Palos Park. Rauch and Yunker used posters and household items to demonstrate the many ways crops are used every day.

 

 

Ag Day North was held March 22 at Historic Wagner Farm in Glenview. Two hundred and thirty-five third grade students from three elementary schools attended the event, which featured stations on poultry, corn, cattle, bees/honey, farm implements, horses, nutrition, and seed germination/insects. Thank you to Wagner Farm workers and volunteers, including Jonathan Kuester, Blake Lanphier, Kendra Strubhart, and Tarah Cantrell, University of Illinois Master Gardeners from Cook County North, led by Navraaz Basati, Pete Soltesz and Kim Kulton from Illinois Bee Rescue, Ag in the Classroom Presenters Jim Bloomstrand and Kathy Lesser, and volunteers from American Agricultural Insurance Company.

 

 

Blake Lanphier, the farm operations manager at Historic Wagner Farm and chair of the CCFB Young Leaders, teaches students about farm implements and the history of tractors during Ag Day North.

 

Students learn about insects at the University of Illinois Master Gardeners’ station during Ag Day North.

 

 

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