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Kindergarteners head to the farm to learn agriculture

Garske, ND (WDAZ TV) - Dozens of Kindergarteners rushing headlong into a corn field.

It makes for quite a hectic scene, but the kids are learning a valuable lesson about what they eat at home.

John Smith/ St. Hillaire Seed Company: “They're just out to conquer the world at this age, and it's so wonderful to have them. It really is.”

More than 130 kindergarteners got to live life on the farm today, learning about agriculture first hand.

Angela Wakefield/Minnie H Kindergarten Center: “We're hoping today that the students will really see the benefits of the farmers and agriculture in our community.”         

They first learned about beans at St. Hilaire Seed company, and tested out a truck scale.

Smith says, “These kids are our future. And you know, they're so full of energy and they're just like sponges and they soak it up. It's so great to have them. It just pumps us all up.”

Next, off to Wakefield farms to learn about heavy equipment, with tires taller than them, and a chance to pick corn.

Wakefield says, “They're just embracing everything that we can offer to them today out at the farm.”

Teachers say getting kids out of the classroom and into the field offers them a hands-on learning experience that helps them learn their lesson quicker, and take home a souvenir or two for supper.

Wakefield adds, “It's so important because in our community we are surrounded so much by agriculture and many of the students may not have had hands-on experiences with that.”

Plus, their infectious enthusiasm helps give farmers a boost of energy.

Smith says, “Really these kids are our future, and it's just so positive and pumps us up more than we pump them up.”

Adam Ladwig

Adam Ladwig joined WDAZ as the Devils Lake bureau reporter in January, 2012. Prior to that he reported for KDUH-TV in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Adam has won multiple awards during his time at WDAZ, including an Eric Sevareid award and a Regional Emmy Award as part of team coverage during the search for Anthony Kuznia.  A Colorado native, Adam graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism. He misses the Rocky Mountains, but the kind people of North Dakota more than make up for that. He is thrilled to be in the Lake Region, telling stories that matter. In his spare time, Adam is usually futilely attempting to get in shape, or cheering for his beloved Denver Broncos.