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Ag Days teach kids about where Montana’s food comes from

Posted at 8:13 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:01:10-04

GREAT FALLS – Agriculture is one of Montana’s leading industries.

And the Cascade Conservation District has a way to get kids more excited about it.

“We are an agriculture base state and if you are going to eat the food you might as well know where it’s coming from,” Cascade Conservation District Administrative Assistant Laura Crawford said.

For the past ten years, they have been putting on an event known as Ag Days.

This two-day event is geared towards teaching fourth graders from all over Cascade County about agriculture.

“They are realizing and seeing where our products are coming from and how it helps our community and surrounding areas,” Morningside fourth grade teacher Nikea Voegel said.

Over 700 kids will visit the nine stations throughout the two days.

“We’re learning about bees, we’re learning about farming. This is really cool!” fourth grader Natalia Sanson said.

The catch? They don’t even realize they are learning.

“I love the hands on real-life experiences that they get to see and I mean these are the things that kids remember when they are adults. Seeing their faces light up and realizing oh that’s how this works,” Voegel said.

And their favorite part of the day?

“They love making the ice cream,” Voegel said.

The Cascade Conservation District is always looking for volunteers and sponsors for their Ag Day. If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring you can call the Cascade Conservation District at (406) 727-3603.

Reporting by Elizabeth Transue for MTN News