Grown Here at Home: Botetourt County students learn about food and farm life

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BOTETOURT CO., Va. (WDBJ7) Several students at James River High School recently came together to teach second-graders in Botetourt County all about where their food comes from during its Food for America Days.

“They get to look and see how much food a cow, a pig, or a sheep eat in a day. We have a dairy station where we get to actually show them where milk comes from. We have a pretend milking cow and they get a cheese stick as a little prize,” said senior Jarrod Hix.

They tasted healthy foods and got up close and personal with a chicken.
They even got their hands dirty and planted a sunflower.

“It's nice to be able to go around and interact with them and show them what agriculture really is about,” Hix said.

And in the midst of all of the fun and games there was even a pig whisperer, or at least, that’s what his friends call him.

“As soon as I got in the pin with it and started to, I guess, babysit it, after about an hour it just kind of attached to me. And now it really won't go to anybody else but me and it will come right up and sit in my lap,” explained senior Trey Patterson.

The big kids may have had just as much fun as the little ones.