JPS students learn farming techniques at Trace Pathways Farm

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Trace Pathways Farm was an outdoor classroom for hundreds of Jackson Public Schools students Thursday.

Students got the chance to learn more about farming and agriculture. For the last five years, Trace Pathways has been teaching students what it’s like to work on a farm. The day was filled with different activities and interactive mazes.

“What we do is we find educational activities for children to educate them about agriculture, the history of farming, cattle, and forestry,” said Rosie Payton, program director of Trace Pathways Farm.

The students had a chance to learn to make brooms with the farm’s vegetation.

The idea of the farm is to take what’s in the classroom and give the students a real life experience.

“We looked at the curriculum of the school district, and what they’re learning in the classroom, we put elements of that on the farm,” said DeKeither Stamps, a Jackson, council member.” So when they come here, it reinforces what they’re learning this week.”

Councilman Stamps said showing kids the tools will help them while living in food deserts, much of what he sees in his ward.

More than 300 students from five Jackson schools visited the farm.

“If you learn about farming, you learn about different kinds of animals and how things work around here,” said Bates Elementary student Makayla Sampson.

“It’s important to grow your own food because if you buy food from other people, there’s no telling what might be in it,” Alaya Levine, another Bates student.

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