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A bootiful two days for Sussex County’s 4-H farm tour at Hopkins dairy, Lewes

In rain and in sunshine, Sussex County 4-H held their annual two-day farm tour at Green Acres Farm in Lewes on Wed. May 9 and Thurs. May 10.  The dairy farm, the largest in Delaware  – milking 550 cows three times daily,  is owned by the Hopkins family, longtime 4-H supporters who have opened their barn doors for agricultural education for the past 26 years.

Luke Hopkins cuddles a baby chick inside his family's animal barn

Wednesday’s rain didn’t dampen this year’s exploration as more than 700 children, visited the farm’s many attractions, such as Pig Alley and Calf Lane and a tractor ride.  Sussex County 4-H focuses this agriculture education outreach for students in preschool to grade two. Students register through their schools. Each preregistered student received a free cone from the Hopkins Farm Creamery, which opened in 2009. Students, well-prepared in slickers and rain boots of many colors, confirmed that ice cream tastes as good in the rain as it does in the sun.

Thursday’s total neared 1,000 youth.  Wednesday’s rain had left a few mud puddles for the pigs to play in, delighting the students who watched them frolic in the soft, gushy Delaware soil.  In all, an estimated 1900 visitors in all,  including teachers, parents, chaperones, Extension staff and 4-H and Master Gardener volunteers, attended the farm tour on both days.

Hollymount 4-H'ers Colleen Anderson, Grace Hopkins and Holly Anderson show off their show cows!

During the tour, students, who leave the bus pinching their noses, eventually forget the farm aroma and begin to  make the connection between the family farm and the final food product – usually referred to as ‘farm to fork’ in this case was ‘farm to cone!’  Teachers and students have an opportunity to meet the Hopkins family; Walter and his wife Jenny; son Burli and wife Allison; and the next generation of Hopkins farmers, 4-H’ers Michael, Jacob, Grace and Luke who can be seen throughout the tour comfortably hanging out with the pigs, lovingly tugging on a cow’s ear and sharing their farm experiences with visitors.

Burli and dairy farm manager Bob Geiman offered tours of the modern milking process.  School children observed firsthand the all the teamwork efforts that go into producing healthy, nutritious and safe food.

Master Gardener Brent Marsh, AKA Farmer McGregor, asks his audience if they saw who took his vegetables!

Under blue and gold tents Cooperative Extension educators provided additional learning, including exhibits on corn and corn products, healthy beverages and the importance of exercise.  A popular puppet and people show, the Adventures of Peter Rabbit in Farmer McGregor’s Garden was performed numerous times by volunteer Master Gardeners.

Local 4-H youth members brought their project animals, providing a talkative tom turkey, horse, sheep, goats, ducks and rabbits for young students to interact with and pet. UD Poultry Extension provided a chick hatchery and baby chick display, the inhabitants of which are now taking a much needed rest after being gently cupped by 1700 little hands.

Any area school or daycare center up to the second grade are invited to attend, with registration opening in late January before the May tour. The event is free.

For more information about the Sussex County 4-H Farm Tour contact the 4-H office at 856-7303.
Additional photos and videos of the farm tour may be found at 4-H’s Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/sussexcounty4h  where photo sets for both days can be found, or visit Sussex County 4-H on Facebook.com/sussexde4H.

Article and photos by Michele Walfred

Sussex 4-H announce May 9 & 10, 2012 for Spring Farm Tour in Lewes

4-H Agent Mary Argo greets local school buses arriving at Hopkins Farm in Lewes

For two days in May, the Hopkins Family of Lewes, Delaware opens up their dairy farm so that Cooperative Extension educators and volunteers can teach young school children how a real life dairy farm operates! Sussex County Cooperative Extension professionals and agents, including the entire 4-H staff, organize the event and provide educational support during the tour.

The 4-H Spring Farm Tour is opened to area day care centers, pre-schools and elementary schools up to Grade 2. Pre-registration is required. Notices for the 2012 tour was distributed to local educators and child care providers in January. If you would like your school to be placed on our mailing list, please contact Tammy Schirmer to be added to the invitation list. There is no cost, but admission paperwork is required to attend. Space is limited and registrations are first come, first served. Individuals and their families are encouraged to register through their school or child care facility. Sorry, no walk-ins. Pre-registration through a school or day care facility is required.

Last year more than 2000 youth and their teachers visited Delaware’s largest dairy farm! Visit the 2011 4-H Farm Tour photos to see images from last year!. Except for taking a peek at the Milking Room, which must be scheduled in advance, the tour is self-guided. On average, most groups plan about an hour and a half to see all the sights. Picnic grounds are available for group lunches.

Area schools will be able to register by contacting Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585 ext. 544. For more information and additional resources, please visit the 4-H Farm Tour website.

4-H Spring Farm Tour scheduled for May 11 and 12th in Lewes

For two days in May, the Hopkins Family of Lewes, Delaware opens up their dairy farm so that Cooperative Extension educators and volunteers can teach young school children how a real life dairy farm operates! Sussex County Cooperative Extension professionals and agents, including the entire 4-H staff, organize the event and provide educational support during the tour.

The 4-H Spring Farm Tour is opened to area day care centers, pre-schools and elementary schools up to Grade 2.  Pre-registration is required. Notices for the 2011 tour will go out to educators in January 2011. If you would like your school to be placed on our mailing list, please contact Kim Lewis to be added to the invitation list. There is no cost. Space is limited and registrations are first come first served. Individuals and their families are encouraged to register through their school or child care facility. Sorry, no walk-ins. Pre-registration through a school or day care facility is required.

Last year more than 2000 youth and their teachers visited Delaware’s largest dairy farm!  Visit our 4-H photo gallery to see images from last year’s tour.  Except for taking a peek at the Milking Room, which must be scheduled in advance, the tour is self-guided.  On average, most groups plan about an hour and a half to see all the sights. Picnic grounds are available for group lunches.

Area schools will be able to register by contacting Kim Lewis at 302-856-2585 ext. 544. For more information visit the 4-H Farm Tour website.