NEWPORT - Students from brewer high school took a field trip to Parkers Family Farm in Newport.
There, farm owner Ryan Parker, explained to the kids the importance of local agriculture.
Student Teddi Gardner says on the tour she learned that this particular farm doesn't use chemicals and is essentially organic.
“a lot of places like food industries are really secretive about what they put into their food, and it's cool to come and just have someone be totally open and willing to answer any questions that we have,” says student, Teddi Gardner.
While Parker says it's important to teach the kids how a farm works, it's also important to teach them where their food comes from.
“In 20 years they'll make decisions themselves, and I think it's vital that we change the direction that a lot of things are going but especially the food system, it's really unsustainable, it's very unhealthy for the planet and for us,” says Parker.
In teaching them the importance of small scale farming and growing natural food, he hopes the students will take his message and expand on it.
“This is a problem that industrial agriculture has created, we have cancers that come from food, we have heart disease, obesity, all these problems come from food and it's so easy to fix," says Parker.
Student Kyra Johnson says even if the others don't understand the message of small scale farming, the trip is still worthwhile.
“I definitely think it's good to get experience to things you've never seen before, like my grandparents have a farm in Ohio, so I’m kind of used to this stuff, but for the people that aren't, it's kind of like a shellshock to them to come out and get in the mud,” says Johnson.
Parker Family Farm is always available for tours to teach folks about the uniqueness of how it grows his food.
Bryan joined the news team in February of 2014. You can catch him weekday mornings on WVII ABC 7's Good Morning Maine at 6:30am and WFVX FOX 22's 7am News Hour. Bryan has held an interest in news since he was a child, often sitting in front of a video camera reading the newspaper.
Bryan is an Indiana native, and yes, an Indianapolis Colts fan. Also a graduate of Ball State University, Bryan holds a degree in Telecommunications and Journalism. He also has a passion for weather, and holds a minor in meteorology and climatology.
When not at the station, you will most likely find Bryan hiking, skiing, snow climbing and also enjoying the beach in the summer. He plans to enjoy everything Maine has to offer.