One organization is bringing the farm right to school campuses.
“We teach them not only the nutritional value of the foods that they eat not only at home, but also here at school, but also give them a little insight as to where their food actually comes from,” instructor of the Moblie Dairy Classroom Mishael McDougal said.
The Mobile Dairy Classroom concept started in the early 1930s in the Los Angeles area.
Now, there are a total of six units all over the state bringing agricultural education and an actual cow, to elementary schools.
“It’s a really good opportunity for them to see where some their food comes from,” McDougal said. “Not many kids, especially the kids that are intercity, get to see an animal like this up close and in person.”
For most, like students at Douglas Miller Elementary in Southwest Bakersfield, it is their first time seeing a cow up close.
“It can kind of be surprising because it’s really big,” said student Damian Gomez.
“It’s like a giant monster standing next to me,” said student Paislie Preciado.
Funded by the Dairy Council of California, McDougal takes her unit all over Kern to just north of Fresno, teaching students about the nutritional value of dairy, the anatomy of cows, their digestive system and answering any and all questions student have about the animal.
“One time I had a kindergartener say well thats a really nice cow, but where’s the Hershey cow and I think he had heard of a Jersey Cow so he assumed thats where the chocolate milk came from,” said McDougal.
The Mobile Dairy Classroom travels to schools for free.
For more information or to schedule a unit click here.