Back to the Farm

Dummer Students Thrilled to Resume Field Trips

Although most students from Herman E. Dummer School in Sandwich do not live on a farm, many are fortunate to have taken field trips or toured farms previously.

For the fourth year, Alan and JoAnn Adams invited and hosted a field trip where fourth graders had the opportunity to learn more about agriculture and how it is connected to their own daily lives.

In small groups, the students moved around the farm to various stations learning about feeder cattle and show calves, Illinois farm products, soil, crops, and machinery. When students learned about farm products many were shocked to hear that so many are derived from crops and animals that we grow and raise right here.

Along with the Adams family, other presenters and helpers accompanied students on this field trip, making the day insightful with their knowledge about the farm. Vicki Heath from LaSalle County SWCD, Rhodora Collins and Ava Splear from DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and McKenna Dayhuff continued the tradition of helping to guide and present at the various stations. Members from the Somonauk-Leland-Sandwich FFA Chapter also assisted with the field trip.

The students especially enjoyed the cattle, but also the opportunity to learn more about farm and food production.

This field trip was a great way for students to a have hands-on, stimulating, learning experience.

By the end of the day, almost 150 students and teachers had toured the farm, learning valuable information about how farms and agriculture impacts their own lives.