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Students in Mrs. Caffie’s class at Fairfax Elementary are shown the skilled art of calf roping. — Submitted Photo

Students tour Chambers County Career Tech building as part of Farm-City Week

LaFAYETTE – Third-grade students from the Chambers County School District toured the farm and agriculture programs at the Chambers County Career Technical Center Tuesday as part of the annual observance of Alabama Farm-City Week.

Created through a partnership with Kiwanis International, Farm-City activities focus on the important relationship between local farmers and their urban neighbors.

According to a news release from the school district, when students arrived at the Career Tech Center, they were divided into groups for various demonstrations.

They saw and learned about farming machinery and were given demonstrations in the arts of beekeeping, calf roping, taxidermy, and how farmers utilize erosion control when planting crops.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Ranger Division from West Point Lake also showed children an assortment of hand-made birdhouses that are placed in and around lake access areas.

“This is a unique opportunity for students to witness first-hand the different aspects of farming, and see how agriculture impacts our daily lives,” Chambers County School Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge said. “It reinforces what they learn and discuss in their regular classroom setting.”

Additional groups of third graders toured the Slay Farm in White Plains, where they learned about raising livestock and other duties associated with a working farm.

Local activities will culminate with the Chambers County Farm-City Banquet, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Alfa Building in LaFayette.