For small children, nothing beats hands-on learning. Just ask the kids in Garrard and Lincoln counties who got up close and personal lessons last week in agriculture and biology.
At Garrard County High School, about 360 kindergartners and first-graders from the county's three elementary schools - Lancaster, Camp Dick and Paint Lick - got to see where food really comes from.
"They're so used to going to the store to buy stuff, they don't even think about where it comes from," said Melanie Warren, a first-grade teacher at Camp Dick. "You ask them and they say, 'Wal-Mart.'"
The brainchild of Ryan Williams, an agriculture teacher at the high school, the event brought together the kids and a collection of farm animals, most of which were destined to end up on a dinner plate. A calf, pigs, ducks, chickens, goats, horses and even a pair of alpacas were on hand.