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Texas farm camp teaches local children about agriculture

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

But for some communities, agricultural education allows children of all backgrounds to learn exactly what happens in the sector.
But for some communities, agricultural education allows children of all backgrounds to learn exactly what happens in the sector.

Farming families across the U.S. are sometimes located in areas where other residents have not ever worked in the field or used farm equipment. But for some communities, agricultural education allows children of all backgrounds to learn exactly what happens in the sector.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the local school system in Dallas, Texas, is looking to increase the understanding that children have about the industry, as administrators believe that kids should know where their food comes from.

Residents have gone as far as opening schools, summer camps and other educational programs to help increase the understanding that children in Dallas have about farming.

"Kids today think food comes from cans at the grocery store or the drive-through at McDonald's," said Elizabeth Samudio, who started her own farming school. "They do not know the simplest things about how food is grown."

Similar camps and schools exist around the country, and one such place in Port Hadlock, Washington, helps students learn things that even their parents do not understand about food and farming, according to Peninsula Daily News.

"This is an amazing opportunity for kids to learn where food comes from on a tangible level," said Verity Howe, co-manager of the farm with her husband, Neil.

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