Friday, Sept. 14, local businesses, area organizations and county agencies set up booths at the town square in Olton, Texas, to teach elementary through high school-aged students about agriculture. The Agriculture Awareness and Appreciation Day was sponsored by Olton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.
“There are a lot of different aspects to agriculture many kids don’t know about. I’m hoping they’ll learn food does not magically show up in a grocery store but that there are seeds farmers plant in the ground which need fertilizer and rain or water, which we are pumping out of the Ogalalla Aquifer," says Chamber Manager Adrienne Synatschk.
Katherine Drury, High Plains Underground Water District education and outreach coordinator, says her primary goal for the day was, “I want the kids to know the name of their aquifer.” Drury had each group of students say the name out loud in unison, “Ogalalla Aquifer.” She also talked to them about simple ways they can conserve water.