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The chances of knowing students who live on a farm are becoming less likely. As the city continues to grow more children are growing up in suburban areas, which could also mean that students know very little about where their food actually comes from. Bismarck Public Schools says kids should get the hands on approach when it comes to learning about farm life, teaming up with the the NDSU Burleigh County Extension for Life on the Farm program.

The children really seemed to like it. Life on the Farm brought cows, goats and the fresh smells of the farm to the kids. 

Life on the Farm has four stations: Wheat, livestock, smells and products. True students could learn about each of these topics in a classroom. However, Sunrise Elementary third graders are learning mostly through their senses.

"It's cool because you get to learn how to make noodles even if you're not an adult," says Delayne Driscoll.

"To a farmer and a rancher those smells are kind of dollar sings to them. Kids need to understand that those smells are very important to the farmer and rancher. Even though we may think they don't smell very good, they're important," says Cathy Palczewski of the NDSU Extension in Burleigh County.

The camp offers students a chance to learn where their food comes from before it arrives at the store. Since North Dakota's leading industry is agriculture, the school district and the Burleigh county extension office say it makes sense that students should see what farm life is like.

Some children say being farmer is a possible career choice.

"I like to grow things, and I like to have animals and stuff," says Olivia Weiler.

The extension offers this class to third graders as an introduction to the Living Ag classroom that fourth graders attend in the fall.


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