Kids learn how a farm works Submitted: 10/06/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

Photos By Shardaa Gray

MERRILL - Most kids know about farms.

But some don't know how farms used to work.

That's why a farm opens it's door to the public every year.

Grandpa's Farm is a real working farm.

Kids and their parents had the chance to milk a cow, hit fake deer with an apple and enjoy a puppet show.

The owner of Grandpa's farm started this four years ago so kids can get an understanding of how a farm works.

"My wife and I feel that it used to be everybody had a grandpa, uncle or somebody in the rural area on a farm. That's just not the case anymore," said Grandpa's Farm owner, Jim Severt.

"So we wanted to have a place where children and families can come and experience that for a day. Learn where their food comes from, but have a good time too."

When the kids leave, the owner wants them to understand where their food comes from.

"Less than one percent of the population in this country are now feeding the entire population," said Severt.

"I think unfortunately the children do think the milk comes from the grocery store and they don't see beyond that. I'd like them to appreciate the farmers."

Grandpa's Farm will be open next Saturday and Sunday.

They're only open the first two weeks of October.

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The Food for Kidz Minocqua committee will lend a helping hand to change that Saturday morning.

Lakeland Union High School's common area will transform into a full-blown assembly line.

Food for Kidz volunteers will pour and pack ingredients into plastic bags.

The goal is 175,000 packed meals.

Food for Kidz needs more volunteers by tomorrow to meet that goal.

"If you haven't experienced this, come out and try it and you'll go away with just a great feeling," said Food for Kidz co-chair John Breiten.

Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to walk in to volunteer.

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Some special meals will be set aside and sent to local communities in the Northwoods.

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Walk-in volunteers are welcome to attend either packing shift tomorrow morning.

The first shift is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The second shift is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

If you can't make it out to Lakeland Union High School Saturday, donations are always welcome.

Call John Breiten at 715-686-7570 for more info.

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