Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"
Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together to serve their neighbors and communities.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, three members of the USDA Farm Service Agency office located in Clarkfield, volunteered to go to Nikki Linscheid’s classroom at the Clarkfield Area Charter School to teach second and third grade students about food and agricultural production.
Lois Fenske, Bradley Flatin, and Larry Thielen shared information about sheep production, lamb products, and products made from wool. The team brought in a week old lamb from the Jason and Sara Jorgens’ farm for the students to see and touch.
Students had the opportunity to visit with the FSA staff members about sheep, farming, and food. They saw and touched real wool – both dirty and cleaned. Then they were able to see what can be made from wool – coats, socks, dusters, etc. They also learned terms such as shear, lanolin, and pelt. Students discovered some products which are not normally associated with sheep…chapstick and lipgloss!
“Volunteering to spread the word about agriculture is important to FSA. As more generations are removed from the farm, it becomes of the duty of those of us involved in agriculture to help the next generation understand where their food, fiber, and fuel come from,” said Liz Ludwig, FSA County Executive Director. “I’m excited that our FSA employees are willing to work with young people to get the word out.”