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Zurn family hosts Ag in the Classroom

Third and fourth grade Holy Rosary students took a field trip to Bill and Karolyn Zurn’s farm during Ag in the Classroom. They were able to ask questions about the food grown and were amazed at the cost of running a farm. Submitted Photo

Bill and Karolyn Zurn hosted a third and fourth grade field trip from Holy Rosary School in Detroit Lakes. The trip also included several parents.

The Zurns used this as a platform for CommonGround, women in agriculture having conversations with parents who buy the groceries. Besides a farm tour, which included segments on conservation and environmental issues, the Zurns held a mini session including questions and answers about how we grow food.

“The students are pretty savvy and ask very intelligent questions and so did the moms,” Karolyn said. “The issue on bio-tech seeds got a lot of interest, and afterward several thanked me and requested I speak at a PTO meeting.”

The cost factors and the amount of food the farm produces really amazed them all, she added. We also presented the school with an Ag in the Classroom book bundle.  It includes soybeans, corn, swine, milk cows and other books about agriculture.

The third grade teacher, Mary Burnside, and the fourth grade teacher, Lauretta Kapphahn, will be attending the National Ag in the Classroom conference being held in Minneapolis on June 25-28. They are being hosted by Bill and Karolyn Zurn and Eric and Erica Zurn, all farmers of Callaway. 

Other teachers will also be going that are being hosted by the Becker/Mahnomen Corn and Soybean Growers and also the Lake Park and Detroit Lakes Cenex.

This is an excellent opportunity for them to learn how to integrate agriculture into their lesson plans. The teachers will also receive continued extension credits.