Filed under: Ag education, Corn, Fall, family, Farm, harvest, machines | Tags: Agriculture education, children, Corn, family, farm, harvest, machines, science
It’s harvest and we love having visitors at this time of year. Usually that means our son and his family come visit so he can help with harvest and the others can see what we are doing. Miss Purple and Miss Pink are three now and not so afraid of the machinery as they were in their younger years. We also had a visit last weekend from my sisters daughter’s families and their three-year old Miss W. Six month old Baby I stayed in the house while the others went “farming.” All the three-year olds got to ride in the combine as did many of the adults.
Miss Pink and Miss Purple really liked it when one rode with me and the other with their dad in different machines. To see the harvest process and the unloading of the combine “on-the go” was really fun for them.
While unloading on the end Miss Purple looked down at the red cobs on the ground and said, “The red ones are not ripe yet.” Wow! What a really interesting way to look at it. It really is simple three-year old logic.
Now these three-year olds know corn. They know this is not the corn you eat but the corn that goes into animal feed. They have watched the ears being stripped off of the corn stalk by the combine and seen the kernels in the hopper on the combine. I realized then that they had not seen the inside of an ear of corn. Grampy to the rescue, It’s lesson time!
My first step was to grab an ear of corn and break it in half. Then I showed them how the kernels shell off of the ears. Now they know how the process works. Of course they wanted to do some shelling themselves. Lesson learned.
There are so many things that we take for granted as “common knowledge” here on the farm, but that knowledge is not very common if you do not learn it on the farm. These three-year olds have been there and are learning so much about where food comes from. We’ve dug potatoes and picked squash and pumpkins this fall and they have their own garden in town. Still the big garden that is Grampy’s farm is full of new things to learn. I cannot wait for the next lesson.
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