Girls Inc. classes seek to teach kids value of farming


A local farmer and a food service worker have teamed up to teach kids there’s more to food than just eating it.

Tricia Bowers and Stacey Driver are showing a younger generation the value of knowing where food comes from through a series of classes at Girls Inc. of Jackson County in Seymour.

The classes feature recipes using locally grown foods that can be purchased at the Seymour Area Farmers Market.

On Friday, the class made cinnamon-glazed popcorn using popcorn grown by the Bowers family and honey they cultivate from their own beehives in Cortland.

The class, which included about 10 girls, also made a refreshing melon slushy using watermelon grown in Jackson County. In a previous session, they created food portraits with fruits and veggies.

All three classes took place in the Girls Inc. kitchen.

Before they started cooking Friday, Bowers showed a video highlighting her family’s farm and the hard work it takes to produce food.

The rewards of that work, however, include having their own beef, wheat, flour, eggs, vegetables, fruits and honey, she said. The family also grows the hay and corn they use to feed their livestock.

What they don’t eat themselves, they share with family and friends and sell at the farmers market, Bowers said.

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