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Alabama Farmers invite kids on virtual field trips

With Alabama schools closed for an indefinite time, many parents are searching for opportunities for discovery and exploration for their children.

And, Alabama Farmers have responded with virtual field trips for the kids that will also be of interest to their parents.

Even though agriculture is a huge part of Alabama’s economy and families still live on farms, there are many children who don’t know how peanuts grow or the different between a cow and bull.

So, the Alabama Farmers Federation has created a way to bring the farm into the home through Facebook Live at 10 a.m. on Fridays through May 22. 

“Parents and their children are making huge adjustments as their homes become classrooms, and we want to help by offering entertaining and educational field trips from some of our farmers,” said Jeff Helms, Alabama Farmers Federation Communications Department director.

“While these videos will target grades three through five, people of all ages will learn more about how farmers grow food, fiber and timber.”

Currently scheduled the topics, April 10 through May 22, include: Peanuts and row crops, fruits and vegetables, beef cattle, honeybees, catfish, greenhouse and nursery products, forestry and cotton and other row crops.

Helms said viewers are encouraged to ask questions through the comment section, and each video will include links to educational activities centered around the featured commodity.

To receive Facebook notifications about the Virtual Field Trips, respond as “Interested” in the event or follow the Alabama Farmers Federation page.