So you want to be a farmer when you grow up?

Kids love getting dirty and a group of 3rd graders from Dolores Elementary were up to their elbows in dirt while making seed bombs for Fozzie’s farm in late September.  Talk about hands on learning, these 65 students came out to Fozzie’s Farm to learn about all the different people and the jobs they do to bring us the food we eat.

They got up close and personal with a local rancher and his cattle, heard from scientists who study soils and what crops work in our region, and a company that provides locally grown seed to help reclaim disturbed soils and native drought tolerant wildflowers that give pollinators a chance to do their job on the farm.

The kids loved making the seed bombs, mixing the seeds up in the mud and throwing the seed balls on the bare berm at the farm.  Robby Henes from Southwest Seed spoke to them about the wildflowers they would be planting and how the mix would attract all kinds of bees and butterflies to pollinate plants at the farm and keep the soil from eroding.  Gus Westerman, County Director for Dolores County CSU Extension and Katie Russell, Manager of the CSU Research Station in Yellow Jacket talked about how to improve and create healthy soils and studying what crops will do best in our area.  Local cattle ranchers Ken Lausten and Kat Wilder brought the cattle in close to the students, talked about their cattle operation, the specific breed they raise, selling their beef and how the herd is doing out at Fozzie’s Farm.

Lots of kids, as well as adults aren’t connected to how the food we eat gets to our tables. This group of 3rd graders walked away with a better understanding of what it takes to be a farmer, rancher or even a scientist and how they all work together to bring us the food we eat.  It was a big day out on the farm complete with a big thunderstorm rolling in that sent the kids running for cover laughing all the way.




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