September 16, 2017 2:37 pm

Students get a lesson in farming at the Port Hope Fair

Students got a lesson in dairy production as the Port Hope Fair gets underway.

CHEX TV/Peterborough

Hours before lighting up the Midway, Port Hope Fair organizers gave dozens of elementary school students a first-hand look at farm life.

The fairground’s south field was transformed into an education centre Friday afternoon, with farmers and producers talking to students about what they do.

Port Hope Fair board member Greta Holmes said the program has been in place since 2007.

“We want to have it so that it’s a see, a touch, a feel, a listen, and the main focus is on real farmers,” Holmes said.

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Students got a chance to check out the chickens or hang out with some horses.

Port Hope Fair board member Meghan Taylor says the day helps children living in an urban environment understand where food comes from.

“The number of farms is shrinking, the town sizes are growing, so these kids don’t have opportunities to see farm animals, or learn about them, or learn about the different types of farming,” she said.

The Port Hope Fair runs until Sept. 17.

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