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Dairy farmers emerge as ideal substitute teachers


Stepping in to fill a void for children in desperate need of entertainment and educational activities, dairy farmers are emerging as ideal substitute teachers. American Dairy Association North East’s virtual farm tours have been viewed by more than a quarter million people in the past week.

Last week’s Facebook series featured a daily visit to the Cow Comfort Inn Dairy in Union Bridge, Maryland, hosted by owner Katie Dotterer-Pyle. During her Facebook series, viewers learned how dairy farmers care and provide comfort for their cows. The series was so successful that ADANE will launch a follow up series next week featuring dairy farmer Jessica Peters of Spruce Row Farm in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Each day, Peters will read a farm related story and provide instruction on how children can write their own stories.

The series can be viewed everyday this week, Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3, at 10 a.m. ET on the American Dairy Association North East Facebook page.

In addition to being a dairy farmer, Farmer Jess wrote a nursery rhyme and sing along book about farming. Today, she sings us “Love, Love, Love Your Calves”, which is set to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”! After every song, Farmer Jess will challenge students to a special project. 

Throughout the week Farmer Jess has a super special, secret project for students. During this week students will write their own nursery song. With every video, Farmer Jess will give additional steps, or homework if you will, to complete the special project. Today’s assignment has two steps — pick your favorite nursery song and pick a topic. Farmer Jess recommends singing your nursery song over and over so you know every word of the song. Then when you pick your topic, identify things you want people to know about your topic. When this week is over, you will have written a song about a topic you love! 

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