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August 18, 2013

Cultivating awareness at Farm View

Farm View teaches kids about agriculture

Layne and Liam Klein watched with wide smiles as they let water stream out the bottom of cups they hovered over a model of Logansport, complete with tiny buildings and toy cars.

“Make it rain!” said Judy Buttice, administrator at the Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District.

It was a statement she made to children throughout the day Saturday, explaining afterward how rain can take pollution into the city’s groundwater. Then she would point to tiny cubes cut from sponges soaking up the water on the model, representing wetlands, to illustrate how certain plants can absorb pollutants before they seep into the ground.

“You need to make kids aware that even if they plant a tree, it helps,” Buttice said. “They’re not going to go out and build a wetland, but now they know.”

It was one of several activities amid the row of silos towering before the corn and soy fields at the Baker Brothers’ Farm off of Ind. 17 Saturday, where attendees of Cass County Farm View 2013 harvested knowledge several of them said would promote more awareness and respect for the industry.

Layne and Liam’s father, Mark Klein, said he feels events like Farm View are important for kids because they help instill a respect and knowledge for agriculture that will preserve it for the future.

“So they can continue on,” he said. “So they can keep doing what needs to be done to try and help the country thrive.”

Jessica Galbreath, a summer intern at the Purdue Cass County Extension Office, was handing out bags of trail mix to kids, each element of which corresponded to something pigs need in their diet as well. For instance, the soy nuts in the mix corresponded with protein for pigs, while the kids’ raisins paralleled with the vitamins pigs need in their feed.

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