Distinguished Young Woman Emily Morgan prepares Highland Home School kindergarteners to attend Farm-City Day

Published 10:59 pm Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Crenshaw County kindergarteners enjoy an annual Farm-City Tour each year around Thanksgiving as part of the national observance of Farm-City Week. 

For 2022’s version of the event, the youngsters received a special treat — a personal visit from Crenshaw County’s 2023 Distinguished Young Woman, Emily Morgan.

Morgan, who is a 4-H participant, volunteered to visit kindergarteners across the county to prepare them for Farm-City Day. 

On her visit, she read to the class and talked with them about farming life.

“She talked with the kids to tell them what to expect on the field trip,” said Highland Home School kindergarten teacher Sarah Williamson. “She talked with them, and they got to ask her questions.”

Williamson said the students study units on farming. Morgan’s visit gave the opening to ask questions of a person with hands-on farming experience.

“Each lesson is about a different animal and how it helps us live,” Williamson said. “We dig into what the different animals are and how they provide for us. Through [Morgan] coming to speak to them, they were able to get a bigger impact on what it really means for those animals to be a part of our community.”

The Crenshaw County Extension Office sponsors the annual tour at the Tom Harbin Ag Center the Friday before Thanksgiving to enhance kindergarteners’ study of farming by bringing farm and city together.

The program is a joint effort between the extension office, the Luverne Kiwanis Club, the National Resources Conservation Service, and the Alabama Forestry Commission.

The tour includes snacks, live animals, an appearance by Smokey the Bear, games, and inflatables or a hay slide. Guests also met representatives from the community and public utilities who talked to children about pollution, fire safety, and the importance of farming.

“We do the cow train and different activities to give children that never have the chance to experience livestock a little glimpse of farming,” said Amanda Evans, County Extension Coordinator. “We try to educate them on where our food comes from because some of them are not aware of that. It gives them a chance to pet and touch live animals.”

Evans said Americans have observed Farm-City Week during Thanksgiving for over 60 years to express gratitude for bountiful blessings and to recognize the achievements of the farmers, rural townspeople, and city residents who contribute to successful agricultural production and distribution.

“Truly this cooperation between rural and city dwellers for mutual benefit helps ensure our country’s well-being,” Evans said. “The Farm City Committee organizes the Farm-City program in Crenshaw County each year to help strengthen the understanding of the farm-city connections that provide our food, fiber, and shelter. We provide this program with local support, and we are grateful that the community assists us each year.”