Drawing contest teaches local kids about farming

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The Selma Times-journal

Heather Wright wants more kids to become involved with farming. So Wright, the Chairperson for the Dallas County Young Farmers Group (DCYFG), recently sponsored a drawing contest for elementary students.

Wright said that when she goes into classrooms and talks to students, it is obvious that they have misconceptions about farming and farmers.

The theme for the contest was &8220; A Day in the Life of a Farmer&8221;. Although it was open to all Dallas County elementary schools, only two schools – Southside Primary and J.E. Terry participated.

The contest was broken into two categories – grades K-3 and grades 4-6.

Kindergarten – third grade winners at Southside Primary were Joshua Furr – 1st place, Terri Green – 2nd place and Jabreal Richardson – 3rd place.

Kindergarten – third grade winners at J.E. Terry were Dalton Sonnenburg – 1st place, Shana Robinson – 2nd place and Destiny McCary – 3rd place.

Fourth – sixth grade winners at J.E. Terry were Lydia Quarles – 1st place and Reanna Chappelle – 2nd place.

The DCYFG, a local branch of ALFA’s Alabama Young Farmers, is open to residents of Dallas County who are between the ages of 17-35. The purpose of the organization is to raise awareness of farming to get more young people involved, promote understanding of agribusiness and current farm programs and highlight the issues that face young farmers.