Kids Learn About Importance of Farming

Posted at: 06/11/2013 9:58 PM
Updated at: 06/13/2013 12:37 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- Farming was the main focus of a children's camp today. It took place at the Olmsted County History Center, ran by counselors with the Minnesota Farmers Union.

These kids were pretty young, but those with the Minnesota Farmers Union say it's important kids learn about farming because it’s an industry that's losing interest from the younger generation.

"I got to learn about tractors and everything with eggs," said one of the little boys.

"We got to see some farms that have been donated to the center," said MFU counselor Brooklyn Corbett. For these counselors with the Minnesota Farmers Union, it was sharing information about farming that has shaped who they are now. "For me it’s a lot about understanding rural communities and how important they are and how important farming is," said Corbett.

"I think raising our kids on a farm was one of the greatest things that we ever gave them," said farmer and MFU member Dori Klein.

That's something not all youth are exposed to. "Ag programs in school are getting cut and things like that, so they're losing opportunities to get to know agriculture," said Corbett.

They say they’ve noticed fewer youth aspire to be a farmer, than years past. "I think a lot of young people will not get into farming because farms are larger now" said Klein.

An even bigger reason why camps like these are important. “I have seen a lot of kids really latch on to the things we say, and things we try to encourage and teach them about," said Corbett.

If you want to get your child involved, camps like these are going on all summer long for ages three all the way up to 13, just contact the Minnesota Farmer's Union to see what's going on near you.