Kern County Farm Bureau hosted its 40th annual Farm Day in the City from March 20-21. (Photo: Valley Ag Voice)

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice

The Kern County Farm Bureau’s 40th Annual Farm Day in the City event kicked off on March 20th and expects to welcome almost 5,000 school kids to the Kern County Fairgrounds over the next two days.

According to Rachel Nettleton, executive director of KCFB, the event has transitioned from its humble beginnings in 1984 with a small handful of students, to its current magnitude.

“Farm Day in the City aims to showcase and educate our youth, particularly 2nd to 4th graders, about the origins of their food and the significance of agriculture,” Nettleton said. “It is common [for] students to believe their chocolate milk comes from brown cows, so this event was created to foster a deeper understanding of where their food comes from.”

The mission of Farm Day in the City is supported by community sponsorships and volunteers that allow the event to remain free for participating schools. This year, the Grimm Family Center for Agricultural Business and Grimmway Farms serve as gold sponsors, and AC Foods and Bolthouse Farms contribute as silver sponsors.

“Their contributions have made it possible for us to continue to host this event year to year,” Nettleton said.

KCFB’s continuous improvements and dedication to the event have led to it being the largest continuous student-oriented county farm bureau program in California. Students will be introduced to farm machinery, livestock, and other commodities as well as demonstrations on agriculture, water use, and safety practices.

“When many people think of farming, they think of food and tractors. However, there is so much more that goes behind the production of our farming and ranching community, so Farm Day is a way to showcase many different aspects of the agricultural industry,” Nettleton said.

Over 30 exhibitors are participating this year, she noted, to discuss a variety of topics such as animal husbandry, bee pollination, safety practices, and water use. The exhibitors are comprised of local farmers and ranchers as well as agri-business representatives. High school FFA students with a passion for agricultural education will also participate.

Outdoor demonstrations with livestock and several indoor exhibits await Kern County students as they learn the importance of agriculture in their lives and to the community.

Farm Day in the City will run from March 20 – March 21 at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

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