LE MARS, IA -
In this edition of "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," we're taking a tour of Plymouth Dairy Farms near Le Mars, Iowa, with a group of young children from "Camp Imagination," a summer camp put on by the Mary J. Treglia Community House in Sioux City.
Scott Thoms is the herd manager at the farm. He says you have to change the way you give a tour when the children are so young.
"It's more of entertaining, it's more of an education," said Thoms. "(Just seeing the children) checking out the dairy farm, seeing what happens on a daily basis."
"A lot of these kids here today have never seen a cow before," said Thoms.
That's one of the reasons he took the group to see a baby cow, born early that morning.
"The baby is zero today," said Thoms, pointing out the new born calf to the children. "So while it was raining outside last night, that's when this baby was born."
Thoms says giving tours like this boil down to letting the kids use (almost) all of their senses to get a feel for life on the farm.
"Anybody like pizza?" Thoms asks the children. "This is like pizza for cows."
"Can we eat it?" asks one child.
"No," says Scott. "Don't eat it, that is just what the cows get to eat. You just smell it and feel it."
Teaching these children about life on a farm is something that Thoms thoroughly enjoys.
"I'm sure these kids will be talking about it for a long time," says Thoms.