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Third-graders treated to upclose farm look
Many youngsters, even in a relatively rural city like Ceres, have no understanding that food comes from someplace other than a store. So to help in their education of agriculture, the Ceres High School chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA) put on a special day of Farm Tour demonstrations Friday.

Approximately 600 third-graders from seven elementary schools in Ceres were bussed to CHS where they rotated through stations manned by students and adults who told them about crops or animals. Students saw and heard about beef cattle, sheep and draft horses, and were treated to a worm farm, planting of seeds, and a brief time with agriculture themed coloring books.

Agricultural teacher Mike Patterson said the event was "designed to raise ag awareness at a young age."

"They love it," said teacher Olivia Solkah, who noted the event wrapped up the end of a six-week unit of study on country living. "In fact, one of my girls is asking such great questions. She said she thought it was so interesting. I think this gets them engaged."