Students in the agriculture classes at East Union Middle School had the opportunity to turn in a project in order to go on a field trip. East Union Middle School students joined other students and community members on the 2017 Union County Farm Tour. We had sixth, seventh, and eighth graders all on the trip. We toured three different farms all around Union County. Our first stop, McAllister’s Greenhouses in Indian Trail. The students learned about what it takes to run a greenhouse business. McAllister’s Greenhouses have been in business for 63 years! The students also met some horses at McAllister’s, and enjoyed petting them. “My favorite stop was the greenhouses because I did not know that many flowers were grown in one place,” one student remarked. They also saw the machines they use to fill trays of plants.
Our next stop was Clontz Family Farm, a Tyson chicken farm in Concord. The students had to wear biosecurity plastic boots and listened to a technician explain how chicken farms work. They toured the chicken houses and learned how chicks are raised on the farm. We even had a Poultry Specialist from the Extension office explain even more about poultry production. “My favorite stop was the chicken farm, I had no idea this much work goes into the chicken we eat!” another student said. Our final stop was Edward’s Wood Products in Marshville. The students had a bus tour of the processing facility and saw how pallets are produced. A supervisor on the processing facility came on the bus and explained every part of how they process wood. The students stopped and had lunch at Wingate Park while listening to a few employees from Carolina Farm Credit, who gave out prizes!