Fourth generation farm family and Sheboygan County Farm Bureau members Jack and Jim Hanke and families will welcome over 1,000 students on Thursday, May 3, and Friday, May 4.
Students from Sheboygan, Kohler, Sheboygan Falls, Cedar Grove and Ebenezer Christian schools will participate in the 5th annual Sheboygan County Farm Bureau's "Classroom On The Farm Field-Trip."
"We love to have the children visit and become a little more aware of where their food is coming from," said Jack Hanke of Hanke Farms. "Our family is proud to share our farming heritage while providing the students with a fresh perspective on the latest technology and how that is helping us produce the highest, quality dairy product possible - milk."
Host farmers and twin brothers, Jim and Jack Hanke are the third generation to own and operate Hanke Farms. Their children who work full-time on the dairy are the fourth generation to be a part of the farm.
Their grandfather began their strong farming heritage in the 1920s. Over the years, Jack and Jim and their wives, Bonnie and Dorene, have grown the farm to over 700 cows to create the opportunity for their children to join them on the farm.
The purpose of the event is to focus on providing elementary students with real world learning experiences to enhance what they learn through lessons in the classroom.
The third and fourth graders will hear from the Hanke Family about their fourth generation farm, learn about milking equipment, animal health and nutrition needs, and develop an understanding of the quality of Wisconsin dairy products.
"Through the county Agriculture in the Classroom Program, sponsored by Sheboygan County Farm Bureau, we partner with teachers providing classroom materials, lesson plans and books," said Marcia Fenner, Agriculture in the Classroom coodinator. "However, this real, on-farm experience for the children will really bring the learning to a whole new level."
The "On the Farm Classroom" will consist of nine stations located throughout the farm. Each station will be presented by a family farm member or agribusiness farm partner and will be 10 minutes in length during the two-hour planned classroom fieldtrip.
Stations and presenters include: Milking parlor - Eileen Perronne, retired farm wife; A cow needs to eat - Brian Walsh, Infinity Feeds; cow doctor - Dr. Chris Booth, Dairy Doctors Veterinary Services; the role of farm machinery - Jonathan Anhalt, Hanke Farms; a day in the life of a cow - Liz Gartman, Kettle Lakes Coop; the farmer's goal - Jack Hanke, Hanke Farms; baby calves - Heidi and Dorene Hanke, Hanke Farms; let's milk a cow - Marlene Kammann, Sheboygan County Dairy ambassador; growing a healthy Wisconsin - Mary Andre, Dairy Council of Wisconsin.
Agriculture in the Classroom is a program that supports teachers in helping students K-12 understand the importance of agriculture. The program is coordinated by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Sheboygan County Farm Bureau and Wisconsin Agribusiness Council.
Learn more at www.wisagclassroom.org.