The New York Times sends students to a farm
They were high schoolers from many different places
Arriving at the farm, the touring students climbed from the modern, self-sustained bed-and-breakfast toward the pig pens.
These pigs were less than 48 hours old
The students seemed fascinated by sows and their newborn younguns. They learned that a litter might include the offspring of several boars.
These were a little older
This was an unsafe situation -- for me. Sows don't welcome intruders in their pens, near their newborn pigs.
Typical of the touring students are Kyla Allen of Glen Mills and Hannah Drexler from Lewisburg, both in Pennsylvania. They're 16 and will be juniors this fall in their respective high schools. Glen Mills is near Philadelphia, whihc Lewisburg is north of Lancaster.
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A student from Dallas mentioned that there's a lot of cattle farming in her part of the country, but she didn't know how to make sure she was getting locally grown beef.
Things they might not have considered
The students listened intently as the farmers told them of the challenges and triumphs of modern agriculture.
Farming is satisfying but not easy
Rob Phillips of RL Valley Ranch talked about environmental effects -- and environmental regulation effects -- on local farmers.