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Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson October 17, 2017 09:16

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I’m sure a lot of our learning as we grew up on the farm was taken for granted, and we probably thought what we did day in and day out was nothing more than labor – not education!  But as we look back, most of us now understand the true value that our farm living held in terms of molding us into adults of good character.

The number of U.S. farms peaked at 6.8 million in 1935, but that number has decreased to 2.1 million today.  More people know less about where their food comes from than ever before; but there are now folks who are trying to inform children at a very young, impressionable age.  The lessons taught at these preschool daycares on the farm amount to much more than where our food comes from however.  Here are some examples:

Celestial Farms (Jacksonville, FL):  8 acres that includes a horse, goat, several rabbits, turkeys, sheep, pigs and chickens, as well as a garden.  20 children milk goats, weed the garden, pick eggs, feed farm animals and harvest pecans.  Every child learns responsibility, empathy and work ethic in addition to where their food comes from.

 

Colby Corner Daycare (Milnor, ND): Dave Colby runs the farm, and his wife Rose operates their daycare for 30 .  The children have preschool lesson group time, singing, dancing, projects and outside play.  They get to feed the animals, explore nature and check out papa Dave’s farm equipment.

 

 

Petersen Farm Little Farmers Preschool (Riverton, UT): Offers a unique approach to learning and prepares children for kindergarten while giving them hands-on farm experiences, teaching traditional life lessons that they feel are best learned on the farm.

Researchers believe that children spend too much time indoors and in front of television and electronics.  Spending time outdoors can build stronger immune systems, and playing freely can foster a child’s brain development, socialization and problem solving skills.  I was fortunate enough to have parents that farmed when my son was growing up, and the lessons he learned are undoubtedly a large part of the person he is today.

Nowadays, especially during these harder economic times in agriculture, many households have both parents working to make ends meet.  So if you can’t raise your children on your own farm, look for the next best thing – farm daycares.

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

Resources:

https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/ag-and-food-statistics-charting-the-essentials/farming-and-farm-income/

https://petersenfamilyfarm.com/pages/farm-preschool-and-summer-camp

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Colby-Corner-Daycare-199958826862065/about/?ref=page_internal

 

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson October 17, 2017 09:16
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