College students in New York City experience first-hand the daily life of a dairy farmer.
The American Dairy Association North East is partnering with Reyncrest Farm to host two virtual farm tours on Thursday, April 28. There is a morning session for older children and an afternoon session for younger ones.
Kelly Reynolds of Ryencrest Farm says students will learn all about the cows on her farm.
“We’ll head to where our cows eat and sleep and then we’ll head to our milking parlor to learn how to attach the milking machine and where the milk goes when it leaves the cow and things like that. “, says Kelly. “We are able to milk 40 cows at a time, so there is a lot of activity in our milking parlour, and we milk our 1,400 cows three times a day, so it’s pretty much full time. So students will get to see this for just a few minutes, but it’s a really cool glimpse into a day on our farm.
Dairy farmers like Kelly say that welcoming visitors to their farm virtually connects local farms to the communities they produce food for. Tours allow consumers to see that dairy products are coming from a good place, and giving consumers a behind-the-scenes view builds consumer confidence.
Organized by the American Dairy Association North East, the rounds have grown in popularity since their launch in 2018.
Click here to learn more about tours and to register. Teachers can also find lesson plans on this website.
If you cannot take the live tour, you will be able to stream it on this website after the live tour is over.