Old McDonald's Farm at the Chemung county
HORSEHEADS, N.Y.(WENY)--The Chemung County Fairgrounds hosted Old McDonald's Farm on Saturday, June 8th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to teach today's youth and their families about agriculture. Farm animals were brought in for everyone in attendance to see and to learn about what role they each play on the local farms in Chemung County. There are 398 farms in Chemung County alone, and they farm products such as grains, vegetable, fruits, green house plants, hay, and much more. Most of the farms in the county are only about 50 to 179 acres big, which officials say is small for a farm.
"Especially now in today's media, agriculture has been going through difficult times. So with the agriculture, kids need to know where their food comes from, adults need to know where their food comes from. Agriculture is the backbone of America and we need to promote it. So Chemung County Ag promotions holds 22 events throughout the year to promote agriculture in Chemung County," says Nikole Watts, Storm Water Educator with Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District.
If you were unable to make it out to Saturday's event, Farm City Day's will be coming to Eldridge Park on July 13th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be more farm animals there and opportunities to learn about farms and agriculture in general.