More than 200 eighth graders from around Salem County recently participated in an agricultural science career exploration day at the Coombs Barnyard Farm in Elmer.
During the second Salem County Ag Day, students visited four stations that included food preparation and tasting using pumpkins, agriculture STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities, animal care and the use of GPS on the farm to find their way through a corn maze. Each station was led by agriculture teachers and FFA students from Salem County.
“Amanda Coombs very graciously invited us to their farm for the day,” said Nancy Anderson, Salem Community College’s Coordinator of Special Programs. “The Coombs Farm staff shared their passion for farming and were eager to show our students all the different areas of agricultural sciences at their farm.”
“The Salem County agriculture teachers -- Keely DiTizio and Matt DiTizio (SCVTS), Joel Rudderow (Penns Grove) and Deanna Miller (Woodstown) -- go above and beyond to put this together each year to bring awareness to ag careers and highlight Salem County farms,” she continued.
Anderson said the day was highlighted with a visit from PJ Simon from the DuPont Office of Philanthropy, an active supporter of Salem County’s efforts to promote careers in science and math. “Many students commented that they had an amazing day and just wish they could have stayed longer,” she continued. “The team is looking forward to an even bigger event next year.”