SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Spring 2023 Virtual Farm Tours, coordinated by American Dairy Association North East, are set to kick off on March 10.
Since launching the Virtual Farm Tour concept in 2018, the tours have racked up more than 550,000 viewers between the live and recorded broadcasts.
The upcoming tours are:
March 10 – Beck Farms, Freeville, N.Y.
April 5 – Apple Shamrock Dairy, Townville, Pa.
May 25 – Pheasant Echos Farm, Westminster, Md.
“This program is building trust in dairy by helping consumers make the connection with those who are producing the milk and products they enjoy,” said ADA North East CEO John Chrisman. “It also gains credibility when dairy farmers share the registration information with their local schools, which we encourage you to do.”
Two separate tour sessions, along with free lesson plans, will take place on the same day at each farm, including:
- For Grades 6-12 – A deep dive tour that focuses on how farms use technology and experts to provide care for their animals and the land.
- For Pre-K- Grade 5 – A general tour with that covers three primary areas on the farm – where calves live, where cows live, and where cows are milked.
The free teacher-developed student lesson plans meet Common Core Standards for elementary, middle and high school classes.
All lesson plans are available to download, as well as registration for the Spring 2023 Virtual Farm Tours and access to recorded past tours at AmericanDairy.com under “Virtual Farm Tours.”
–Jean Kummer, American Dairy Association North East