Youth Tour Local Farms With 4-H Ag Camp
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Alamance County 4-H hosts a wide variety of summer activities and camps each year. One of the most popular offerings is the Agriculture Camp. The camp is normally three days long but this year it was two days. One day focuses on touring local farms in Alamance County and the other day visiting stops in Raleigh such as the NC State Dairy Farm. This year, youth toured four local farms and heard from a farm guest speaker as well as watched virtual farm tours during their lunch.
Stop 1: Minro Acres Alpacas, Burlington, NC
Youth were able to learn about llamas, alpacas, and guardian animals. Youth were able to interact with the animals and learn about their care, management, and fiber.
Stop 2: Buster Sykes Demonstration Orchard, Mebane, NC
Youth were able to tour a demonstration orchard and eat fruit that was ripe such as grapes, blueberries, and blackberries. They also learned about drone use in agriculture.
Lunch: McPherson Farms, Mebane, NC
Stop 3: Stas Farm, Burlington, NC
Youth learned about field crops (corn, soybeans, wheat), hay, and general farm practices including farm equipment and safety.
Stop 4: AmeriAg/Graves Farm, Burlington, NC
This stop included a homegrown agri-business where youth learned about an entrepreneur that started a livestock equipment company called AmeriAg. Youth also learned about beef cattle, cattle handling, and forestry at this stop.