Fourth-graders from across Cascade County flocked to Montana ExpoPark Thursday to learn about an important subject in Montana: agriculture.
Ag Days offers a wide variety of demonstrations during its two-day event, which is put on by the Cascade Conservation District.
During the course of the two days, students rotate through a series of stations that include learning about and making products such as ice cream, butter, flour and pasta.
Other subjects include safety on the farm by learning about electricity and equipment, the importance of pollinators in food production, the DNA of a strawberry, understanding conservation of natural resources, learning about soil profiles and soil erosion and much more.
Our Lady of Lourdes fourth-grader Zoe Morrison said her favorite part was making butter.
“We poured this heavy whipping cream into this bowl, or this like little plastic thing, then we had to shake it for ten minutes. We tried it on a cracker!” she said.
Lincoln Elementary fourth-grader Black Zisser enjoyed learning about pollination. “Most of the stuff we eat comes from pollination, so if we didn’t have bees, we probably wouldn’t survive.”
Ag Days has been around since 2005 and grown steadily since.
This year, between 700 and 800 fourth-graders were at the two-day event from schools around Cascade County.