CORTLAND, N.Y. — On June 7th Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County provided a virtual field trip to Trinity Valley Diary Farm in Cortland, NY through their Agriculture in the Classroom program. This field trip enabled 1,400 elementary students to learn about the operations of a local dairy farm. Students represented Broome, Chenango and Tioga Counties including Chenango Forks, Chenango Valley, Newark Valley, Windsor, Whitney Point, Union Endicott, Susquehanna Valley, Johnson City, and Bainbridge-Guilford school districts.
Trinity Valley Farm is owned and operated by the Poole and Brown families. Classrooms were able to virtually participate in a farm tour and learned about dairy cows, where their milk comes from, how cows sleep, what they eat and how they are raised. Dairy farms have changed over the years and have integrated new technology on the farms to become more efficient. Students were able to see how a cow was milked with robotic technology. Prior to the field trip, each classroom was provided a half gallon of milk and participated in a milk toast with farmer Branden at the end of the tour.
This field trip was made possible by the Dairy Promotion Advisory Board and New York Agriculture in the Classroom.
Questions, please call Brian Aukema at 607-584-9967.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County
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