Growing up there was one phrase, comprised of only two words, which if spoken was sure to land you in a bad place.
This brief declaration was usually followed by this powerful response: “Oh, I can fix that.”
Mom and Dad were always good for their word.
Picking up sticks or nails, hauling manure via wheelbarrow, sorting the recycling and smashing aluminum cans with a homemade steel tamper, stacking wood, pushing rocks up hills. The list of boredom-prevention exercises goes on and on. One summer morning I recall the hay tedder broke down and we actually tedded an entire hayfield by pitchfork. That was a fun day. A hot one, too.
I never looked at boredom the same way again.
Summer is in full swing and soon – believe it or not – the county fairs will be over and families will have a bit more free time to do some traveling. Ten days at Disney World livestock free, you ask?
However, there is a place that just opened that might feel a little like Disney World to a kid involved in agriculture.
The Winfield Crop Adventure has officially opened at Fair Oaks Farms in northwest Indiana. This hands-on exhibit is designed to fully engage participants in understanding exactly what it takes to grow food for a population growing quickly to 9 billion people. It’s very likely that the kids in your family “get it”, but this state-of-the-art exhibit is sure to educate and impress even the most seasoned agriculturalists. Yourself, included.
What can you experience?
- Meet the farmers who grow your food.
- Burrow deep underground to see bugs and roots.
- See and touch the high-tech tools farmer use.
- Catch virtual raindrops.
- Imagine the future of modern farming.
- Discover how corn, soy and wheat improve our lives.
- Take your picture with your favorite bugs.
- Learn what soil doctors do.
- Find the right ag career for you.
So pack up the kids, or grandkids, or the annoying neighbor kids who have absolutely no idea about food production, and head to Fair Oaks Farms to visit the new Winfield Crop Adventure. Teach everyone a thing or five while getting out of your home area and combatting the “I’m bored” scenario.
Oh, and might we suggest a place for dinner on your way home? Culver’s has a fantastic partnership with America’s farmers and they’re actively working to help us tell our story. I highly recommend the double butter burger with fries and a vanilla snickers concrete mixer for dessert, but that may just be the boredom talking.