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Windsor residents turn out to learn about agriculture at Skyview Elementary School Roots & Shoots agricultural fair

James Redmond | For Windsor Now!

For more than two hours, people filled the Skyview Elementary School gymnasium in Windsor, Colo., to learn a little bit about agriculture on March 26.

The 2015 agricultural fair, put on by the elementary school's after-school service learning project Roots & Shoots, brought presenters from all around the area to teach the community about agriculture.

Laurie Thoma, with the Colorado Seed Laboratory, taught students and parents about the basics of seed testing at her booth.

"Every seed that's on the market needs to be tested for purity and viability," she said. "It's a major part of agriculture."

“It has been an amazing experience. The kids have all been totally engaged and learning. Kendra JacobySkyview teacher

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Many people do not realize the process of getting seeds ready for use, whether a small packet at the supermarket or a train car full ready for large-scale planting, Thoma said. To demonstrate part of the process, she offered people a chance to perform a seed purity test.

With agriculture becoming less common knowledge, Thoma said she wants to help inform the next generation about where food comes from, and the work needed to make and grow it.

Everyone who went to the fair had many opportunities to get hands-on learning, from a lesson in irrigation to sitting behind the wheel of a tractor.

People even got to milk an animatronic cow.

With the fiberglass cow, kids can learn how milk is made, and the process of getting it, Colin Lower, with the Western Dairy Association, said.

"It's a hands on approach that gives them a realistic view of every day what a dairy farmer has to do," he said. "This shows the whole process."

The Agricultural Fair went well, Kendra Jacoby, a Skyview teacher with the Roots & Shoots project, said.

"It has been an amazing experience," she said. "The kids have all been totally engaged and learning." ❖