Local second graders invited to farm day
Melissa Cason, Franklin County Times
RED BAY – Franklin County's second graders spent Friday at Cypress Cove Farm in Red Bay learning about the way of life 100 years ago.
Second graders at each Franklin County school were transported back in time to learn about life on a farm, and the importance of the farm in the early 1900s.
"This was organized by Susan Hargett at Community Education," Johnny Mack Morrow, representative and owner of Cypress Cove Farm said. "I just supplied the place."
Students were taught about how families entertained themselves after a hard day's work.
School Board Member Ralph Winchester, played the children a few songs on his harmonica to show them how people were entertained.
"If you have never been to a live concert, now you have," said presenter George Hutto. "People played music and sang for entertainment on the farm."
They were taught how beverages were cooled instead of refrigerators ran by electricity.
"On the farm, people did not have electricity so they had ice boxes that housed ice to keep things cool, not cold, but cool enough for it not to spoil," Carla Hutto said.
On their way out of the station, the students were treated to apple juice cooled the old fashioned way.
The farm also illustrated a real life blacksmith shop, and a mill to make cornmeal and other wheat products.
"The students were able to taste the corn mill made at the mill," Morrow said.
This is the first year for Farm Day, and it is expected to become an annual event for students in Franklin County as well as surrounding counties.
"We want to expand this to other schools outside our county because this teaches things that cannot be learned inside a classroom," Morrow said.