Polk County 4-H members go down on the farm

Posted 7/10/18

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Polk County 4-H members go down on the farm

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By Greg Paxton

Extension agent

Polk County U.T. Extension

 What vegetable grows underground? What meat do you get from pigs? Why are bees important? 

These are question 4-H members in Polk County learned by attending Polk County's 23rd annual Fun on the Farm Day which was held May 9 at the Polk County 4-H Show Barn in Benton.  The event was coordinated by the Polk County U.T. Extension. 

Fourth-grade 4-H members from all Polk County schools attended the daylong event.  Students moved through eight exhibits, among them live animals including dairy, beef, sheep and pigs.  Stops included the importance of soils and gardening techniques.  4-H members learned how to weave and about farm tractors. 

The Food Safety stop with the Polk County Health Department was a hit.  Students also learned about how forest fires are fought, and got to see live honeybees making honey.  In addition to the farm displays, the West Polk Fire and Rescue displayed their fire-fighting equipment and talked to the groups about fire safety 

Fun on the Farm Day gave students an understanding of farm life and farm products. 

The coordinators of the Farm Day attribute the day's success to efforts of Polk County Soil and Water Conservation, NRCS, Ocoee Region Beekeepers Association, Clarence McClure, Kim Frady, Joel Cox, Bill Trew, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Polk County Great Garden Students, Phyllis Narus R&M yarns, West Polk Fire and Rescue, Polk County Health Department and Polk County 4-H members.

Farm Day was fully sponsored by the Polk County Farm Bureau and Ag in the Classroom. 

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