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A Time to Grow

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Williams Pre-School Students learned a valuable lesson from the Colusa County Farm Bureau.

On Monday, May 18, 2015, Melodie Johnson, the executive manager of the Colusa County Farm Bureau visited the Williams Children’s Center and brought along two small swimming pools and vegetables to grow.

“This is a great opportunity for the children to learn about farming, and where our food comes from,” said Gloria Estrada, Family Engagement Coordinator for the Colusa County Office of Education, “The children are learning about agriculture and this gives them a hands on approach.”

Earlier in the morning Johnson read to the students, “The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear” written by Don and Audrey Wood.

“The children loved the book,” said Estrada.

After the story, the students went outside in groups to plant tomatoes, chili peppers, flowers, and strawberry’s in a small plastic swimming pool filled with fresh dirt.

“Who’s afraid to get their hands dirty,” said Johnson as she began. Some students raised their hands but at the end of the lesson, everyone was excited to dig into the dirt.

As Johnson planted with the children she discussed farming, the use of tools, the importance of water conservation, and how agriculture plays a large part in Colusa County.

“Many of the students parents work in agriculture,” said Estrada, “this is a fun way for them to learn about where their food comes from and what their parents do.”

This is the first time the program has been presented to the preschool group, as Johnson has completed several wheelbarrow projects to area elementary schools.

The program will also be held at the Arbuckle Children’s Center and the Colusa Children’s Center later this week. <

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