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Dairy Farm Exploration

Jacqueline Wilk,   Henry J Mclaughlin Middle Sch
Highlight Healthy Foods — Go Nutritious
During Health Club, we took a virtual tour of a dairy farm in Vermont. We learned a little about how the farm works and about the cows and their milk. We answered questions from a survey designed by the New England Dairy Council to access knowledge about dairy foods, nutritional components of dairy foods and how the care of cows affects milk production and more. Later, we will be making posters to advertise the benefits of dairy products like milk as an essential component of school breakfast and lunch.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

In a busy computer lab filled with other clubs completing other projects, it was difficult to get all the students on the same page to watch the 360 video and answer all their questions. We were able to get them all headphones so they would not disturb other students and so that they could independently learn from their virtual tour and stop and go as they like.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students worked together to come up with a list of questions they would ask a dairy farmer if they were at the farm in person. They worked together to come up with a list of benefits of milk so that they can post a sign in the cafeteria, informing students of the benefits as they choose milk to go with school lunch or breakfast.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We accomplished our goals of informing students of the nutritious benefits of milk, increasing awareness of local farms and the hard work they do year-round to keep dairy farms alive in New Hampshire.