Plans are underway for our Tenth Annual “Farm Fair” for fourth grade students. This is an all-day educational program about agriculture. Individual workstations will give instruction about different phases and operations regarding agriculture. A volunteer group leader will guide students through the stations on fifteen-minute intervals.
DATE: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 6th, May 7th and 8th, 2014
LOCATION: Edwin and Alice (Punky) Brainard Ranch 550 Cow Chip Road f/k/a 3030 West Dry Creek Road – Belgrade, MT (a map will be provided with attendance confirmation)
TIME: Arrive at ranch 9:15 A.M. Depart from ranch 2:30 P.M. A barbeque hamburger lunch at will be provided free of charge for everyone attending.
If your school is planning to attend “Farm Fair” 2014, please reply as soon as possible. Registrationdeadline is November 22, 2013. You can scan and email your registration to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 388-2090 or mail to “Farm Fair” 2014, c/o Debe Youngberg, 10 East Main Street, Belgrade, MT 59714. Daily classes are limited, so it is critical you register as soon as possible to avoid classes being filled prior to receipt of your registration.
Due to the number of fourth grade students in Gallatin County, we will be offering the same program each day if possible, to accommodate all desiring to attend. If you have a date preference, please specify first, second, and third choice: however, due to student numbers from each school it may be necessary to schedule second and third choices so we can accommodate as many students as possible.
The Gallatin Valley Agriculture Committee is made up of volunteers representing agri-business, natural resources conservation, and education in Gallatin County. Gallatin County has over 1000 fourth grade students in the public school system and in several private schools. More than 5,5004th grade students with their teachers have attended this program to date. The “Farm Fair” consists of an all-day, 3 day, on ranch site educational program about basic agriculture, agri-science, soil science, plant science and environmental topics. The “FarmFair” is administered entirely by professional volunteers, including farm and ranch owners.
In each field represented, professional people staff fifteen-minute stations. Group leaders are assigned to individual student groups and will rotate their assigned students through each of the stations throughout the day. Curriculum stations are: water cycle; bees/pollination; weeds identification; irrigation/soil conservation/crop rotation; forestry; beef cattle; dairy cattle; dairy goats; sheep (ewe to you); pigs: pleasure horses; draft horses; Gallatin Valley crops; farm safety; making ice cream; story of wheat (crop to you); and 4-H. Demonstrations will include a wagon-ride trip into an adjoining field to explain soil conservation, crop rotation and observe a working irrigation system.
An on-site First Aid ambulance, staffed by paramedics, is provided by the Central Valley Fire District. Security is provided by the Gallatin Sheriff Posse.
The goal of the Gallatin Valley Agriculture Committee’s “Farm Fair” is to provide a rural ranch atmosphere where students and teachers have the opportunity to see and touch where our basic food supply originates, the related sciences, how it is prepared for processing for human consumption, and to demonstrate agriculture’s commitment to protecting the natural resources on which it depends.
Testimony information is available from teachers that attended prior year “Farm Fairs”, upon request from us.
If you have students that require a special diet for lunch we suggest they bring their own sack lunch.
Teachers are encouraged to extend this invitation to their school administrators and school board members. A special guided tour of “Farm Fair” 2014 will be provided, upon request, for school administrators and school board members.