Press Release By David L. Bell, Director of Public Relations, Chambers County School District.

LaFAYETTE – Third grade students from local schools toured the farm and agriculture programs at the Chambers County Career Technical Center Tuesday as part of the annual observance of Alabama Farm-City Week. Created through a partnership with Kiwanis International, Farm-City activities focus on the important relationship between local farmers and their urban neighbors.


When students arrived at the Career Tech Center,they were divided into groups for various demonstrations. They saw and learned about farming machinery and were given demonstrations in the arts of bee keeping, calf roping, taxidermy, and how farmers utilize erosion control when planting crops. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Ranger Division from West Point Lake also showed children an assortment of hand-made bird houses that are placed in and around lake access areas.


In the attached photo, students in Mrs. Caffie’s class at Fairfax Elementary are shown the skilled art of calf roping.


“This is a unique opportunity for students to witness first-hand the different aspects of farming, and see how agriculture impacts our daily lives,” said Chambers County School Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge. “It reinforces what they learn and discuss in their regular classroom setting.”


Additional groups of thirdgraders toured the Slay Farm in White Plains, where they learned about raising livestock and other duties associated with a working farm.


Local activities will culminate with the Chambers County Farm-City Banquet, scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, at the Alfa Building in LaFayette, beginning at 6 p.m. CST.