Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District and Northampton Cooperative Extension held the first annual Northampton Farm Field Day on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the old Northampton Middle School, there were approximately 275 2nd and 3rd graders in attendance. There were six stations with presentations and hands-on activities for the students. Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District (ESSWCD) along with Northampton Cooperative Extension, NRCS, Virginia Tech Eastern Shore Agricultural Research Extension Center and Accomack Cooperative Extension had booths and exhibits to teach the students about different aspects of Agriculture on the Eastern Shore.
The kids learned about different farm animals, their life cycles and their importance on a farm. There was Farm Bingo teaching the students about the different parts of the farm, farm equipment and local crops. The students participated in a relay game and made seed balls to learn about pollinators, how they pollinate and why the pollinators and pollinator plants are so very important. There were live worms and a tractor for the kids to view. The students made germination seed gloves with seeds of Eastern Shore crops.
Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District and Northampton Cooperative Extension sponsored the Northampton Farm Field Day. ESSWCD along with Northampton Cooperative Extension would like to extend a huge thank you to those who attended and the many organizations that made the Northampton Farm Field Day successful in its first year. Special thanks to Lipman Family Farms who donated the use of porta potties and a tractor for the event.