The fall semester of Virtual Farm Tours reached 1,116 high school and middle school-aged students, and nearly 4,600 pre-K and elementary students. In total, since the start of virtual farm tours in 2018, we’ve reached more than 23,000 students using this technology, allowing them to see first-hand where their food comes from and how animals are cared for. The potential exists to reach thousands more to continue increasing trust in the dairy industry and helping make the connection from farm-to-fork.
Hannah Worden of Will-O-Crest Farm in Clifton Springs, N.Y., hosted 872 fourth-sixth graders.
“It was a joy to host a virtual farm tour. I was surprised by how many questions children had and found it an excellent opportunity to connect with people that don’t have the ability to tour farms in person.” ~ Hannah Worden
Nate Chittenden of Dutch Hollow Farm in Schodack Landing, N.Y., hosted two days with the youngest students, and Joy Widerman from JoBo Farm in Gettysburg, Pa., led the discussion with 244 high school students.
“We live close to farms, but many of my students have never been to a farm before. So, the idea of them being able to see where the milk that they drink or food that they eat at home comes from, and how it’s being taken care of before it gets to the table is so important for these kids.” ~ Kindergarten teacher Meg Gremli from Herman Elementary School, Auburn, N.Y.
The Baltimore Sun ran a story about the Food and Nutrition Technology class at Glenelg High School that participated in the tour.
About American Dairy Association North East
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing nearly 11,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com.