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Startown Celebrates Its Roots

On Friday, November 6, Startown Elementary School returned to its roots to celebrate its history as the Farm Life School. Students and staff were encouraged to dress up for “Farm Friday” and had the opportunity to learn about the agriculture and farming that defined our community in years past as they moved through seven activity stations throughout the morning. Thanks to local presenters, students learned everything from soil to seed, the various uses for corn, and how to utilize the various parts of the plants we eat. Local beekeeper, Marti Canterbury, brought a mobile hive with live honeybees to demonstrate how honey is made. A highlight of the day was Southland Dairy Farms Mobile Dairy that came complete with dairy cow, Ouiser, which included a demonstration of how cows are milked. Special thanks to the following: Marti Canterbury; Julie Lehmann (NC Farm Bureau); Keith Caldwell (Balls Creek Farm and Garden); Der Xiong and Kate Littlefield (Catawba County 4-H); Barbara Whitener (Startown Cafeteria Manager); Courtney Bumgarner (Southland Dairy Farms) and Grace Ann Sevier (Startown Assistant Principal).