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Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture holds Farms Feed Families event

By Ian McInroy, Barrie Examiner

Utopia dairy farmer Jack Lange cozies up to his holstein dairy cow Popstar during the Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture Farms Feed Families event held at the Essa Agriplex facility on Wednesday. Approximately 950 elementary school children from across the county were expected to take in almost a dozen displays on Wednesday and Thursday to learn where their food comes from.

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Utopia dairy farmer Jack Lange cozies up to his holstein dairy cow Popstar during the Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture Farms Feed Families event held at the Essa Agriplex facility on Wednesday. Approximately 950 elementary school children from across the county were expected to take in almost a dozen displays on Wednesday and Thursday to learn where their food comes from. IAN MCINROY/BARRIE EXAMINER/POSTMEDIA

Hundreds of Simcoe County elementary students are getting a first-hand look at how the food they eat gets to the dinner table.

The Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture held its annual Farms Feed Families event at the Essa Agriplex facility on Wednesday.

Approximately 950 youngsters got up close and personal with beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats and chickens. There were also displays showing how grain and potatoes make their way to our plates.

Utopia dairy farmer Jack Lange let the kids get a close look at Popstar, one of his holstein dairy cows.

"This event gives the students an idea of where their food comes from," he said. "When most kids go to a grocery store with their parents and see a bag of milk, they don't know how it got there.

"Here at Farms Feed Families, they learn that it doesn't just come from a factory but comes from a living animal."

Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture president Jim Partridge said the event is an eye-opener for a lot of the students.

"We're trying to educate the kids about the stuff they see around the county: the farms, the corn, wheat, oats and cattle," he said, while excited youngsters moved from one display to the next in one of the Agriplex's barns. "They don't equate all that stuff with what they get on their plate.

"Another one of our goals is that the kids will go home and talk to their parents about what they saw here today."

Farms Feed Families also runs on Thursday.

imcinroy@postmedia.com