On Nov. 14, 2018, students from Tug Valley High School visited Meadow Branch Dairy Farm near Bomont, WV to participate in and learn about dairy farm operations on a small scale. Meadow Branch is a family operated dairy farm that operates on a herdshare basis. Each share owner in the herd pays a management fee for their share of the herd's expenses, and are entitled to a proportionate share of the herd's milk production. Students learned about dairy animal husbandry as well as the legal and logistical aspects of operating such an enterprise.
The visit also included firsthand experience with woodlot pork, with the students witnessing the behavior of the animals and observing their containment systems at feeding time.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
We brainstormed on ways to have an authentic dairy farm experience. Students helped select the farm of interest. I reached out to the farm owners and put together the details.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
Students are now following the farm's Facebook page and plan to make a return visit next year.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
Challenges were the logistics of putting the trip together. There were many hurdles to get this trip approved but we succeeded.
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