Free Home Elementary students get lessons in agriculture
by Kyle Dominy
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 Free Home Elementary fifth-grader Katie Spare passes along a young chicken to her classmate during Thursday’s farm tour field trip at Rockin’ S Farm in Canton. The students also visited Cagle’s Farm and Ross Honeybees to learn about the different aspects of farm life.<br>Cherokee Tribune/Todd Hull
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FREE HOME - Free Home Elementary School students got a taste of working on the farm yesterday.

During its yearly agriculture field trip, fifth graders visited three local farms to get a glimpse of how food comes from a seed and ends at the dinner table.

"This is very eye-opening for them. A lot of these kids don't know where their food comes from," said Sandy Simmons, Free Home Elementary fifth-grade teacher. "If you ask them what they eat and where it comes from, they say the grocery store. They need to be aware and appreciate how it's done."

The students visited Cagle's Farm, Ross Honeybees and Rockin' S Farm.

"Basic things like agriculture are not taught in the schools anymore," said Rockin' S Farm owner Tim Stewart. "We like to let the kids come out here and see and experience things."

Rockin' S Farm has let the students of Free Home Elementary visit for the past four years. The farm also helps out inside the school providing chicken eggs and seeds for demonstrations and experiments.

Stewart grows a variety of fruits and vegetables on his property, including several types of berries, tomatoes, potatoes, corn and squashes. He also raises several animals, including horses, chickens and bees.

Of all the plants and animals on his farm the thing the kids are most drawn to is the chickens.

"The children really amaze me. They are really interested in and want to learn about this," Stewart said. "But the thing they really get into is the chickens, especially the baby ones. I thought they would like the horses, but they are crazy about the chickens."

Rockin' S Farm also provide summer camps and classes for kid on how to raise a garden in beds or containers.

"The way life has gotten, its hard to have a garden," Stewart said. "We want to show these kids that you don't have to have a lot of land to grow something."

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