Adopt A Farmer

Fourth grade classrooms across the state have the chance to "adopt" a farmer for the school year. Our farmers then send the classroom monthly video updates about what is going on at the farm that month. The farmer also visits the classroom at least once during the school year. For more information or to register your class to "adopt" a farmer email  

Riley Boadwine - April

April 9, 2022
Riley Boadwine – April 2022 Riley talks about the feed the cows eat. He shows us some of the ingredients for the cows TMR (Total Mixed Ration).   Discussion Topic: Did you notice that the cows are not afraid of the big noisy tractor? Why do you…

Riley Boadwine - March 2022

February 27, 2022
Riley Boadwine – March 2022 Riley shows us the milking parlor, introduces us to a curious cow, and shows us the milk storage tanks. Discussion Topic: Riley said that cows are curious animals. How do you think you should act if you are ever near a…

Riley Boadwine - February 2022

February 6, 2022
Riley Boadwine – February 2022 Riley talks about bedding for the cows. Did you know they lay in sand? He also shows us how they can recycle the sand.   Discussion Topic: Riley said that the cows need four hours of sleep, but they should also lay…

Riley Boadwine - January

January 11, 2022
Riley Boadwine – January 2022 Riley shows us a newborn calf in the maternity area. Then we go to the calf barn to learn more about how the calves are cared for. Discussion: Based on the information that Riley shared, do you think it’s more…

Riley Boadwine - December 2021

November 29, 2021
Riley Boadwine – December 2021 Riley shares how the dairy cows eat foods that we can’t eat and turn them into protein, while also creating fertilizer (manure) for crops. Dairy farms can build a methane digester to capture the gasses produced by…

Riley Boadwine - November 2021

October 28, 2021
Riley Boadwine – November 2021 Riley gives us an overview of the dairy farm from the young claves to the milking parlor. Discussion Topic: Riley shared that his family raises Holstein cattle, which are dairy cows. What are characteristics that…