GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County Fairgrounds were, once again, filled with students learning about agriculture.
The Gallia County Farm Bureau held its’ 16th annual Ag Day for grade school students in Gallia County last week. Katie Shoemaker has been the chairperson for the council that hosts the event every year, and continues to be active, securing two major corporate sponsors for this year. Both Holzer Health Systems and Lightstone Energy were involved for Ag Day.
“We hold this event every year to educate the kids about where their food comes from. Most think milk comes from a jug at the store, not that it comes from cows,” explained Shoemaker. “We want to expose kids to where their food comes from, and hopefully bring them into the agricultural tradition in Gallia County.”
on Friday fourth graders from various elementary schools from the Gallia County School District attended, learning about various parts of agriculture. They had the opportunity to learn from the Soil and Water Conservation District about erosion, about pelts and furs of wild animals, and health and safety from Holzer Health System, also about eye safety and good hygiene. They also interacted with beef, pork, learned about honey bees, and were exposed to many agricultural animals in a petting zoo.
Being a Shoemaker has a lot to do with agriculture in Gallia County as well. Briggs Shoemaker started on Monday working for the Farm Bureau in Southeastern Ohio. A graduate of Gallia Academy High School, son of a local farmer, and graduate of Ohio State and their ATI program, he is now the Organization Director for Gallia, Lawrence, Athens, and Meigs Counties.
“I would say that being a resource for these counties and helping to provide educational programs to further agriculture in our communities is the best part of my job,” explained Shoemaker.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.