Oct. 3, 2012 – Family and Farm Day was held at the Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Blackstone, Virginia on Saturday, September 8, 2012.
There were a wide variety of activities for children and adults. Visitors could see, touch, taste, and hear about many areas of Virginia agriculture. In attendance were local experts on insects, bee keeping, humming birds, snakes and reptiles, wildlife and hunting. Educational owls, alpacas, goats, beef cattle, sheep and a miniature horse were all on hand. Children could make playdough and pinecone bird feeders as well as grain art and corn husk dolls. They could take a barrel train ride, play in a soybean box, and find their way through a corn maze.
Other activities included making edible soil profiles and farm charm necklaces, crawling through a soil tunnel, or making a water cycle bracelet. There were demonstrations about vermicomposting (composting with red wriggler worms), homemade charcoal, biofuels, fruits and vegetables, and free snow cones! Representatives from Pamplin Historical Park played games from our past, Broken Arrow Vineyard gave away grapevine cuttings, Nottoway County Sherriff’s Department featured “Ident-a- kid” kits, and Farm Bureau did car seat safety checks.
There were 623 people in attendance from 17 different counties, with some folks from as far away as Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Canada. This is a free, non-profit educational event sponsored by Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension as well as individuals and businesses interested in Virginia Agriculture.