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Page 14 of 39 ■ Hudson Valley Parent 15 but the experience of growing up on the farm has certainly had an effect on Lain's fi ve children. In fact, Lain's youngest child – M.A. Lain the Fifth – is preparing to join his father in running the farm. "I can still do everything I once did, but I can't keep up the same lev- el of energy," said Lain. "That can be a struggle. My son understands what needs to done and I'm very excited to have him on board. (Continued on Page 16) Field Trips According to Katie Sue Bigness, most children in New York are at least four generations away from the farm. That means most kids lack a personal connec- tion to local, farm-fresh produce and the people who grow it. To counter that, the state founded a program called New York Agri- culture in the Classroom over 30 years ago. As the program's Exec- utive Director, Bigness is helping to get students out to farms, and farmers into classrooms. "In the last few years, we have gotten more and more teachers trained and interested in our pro- grams because we've shown them how learning about farming and food not only can be easily incor- porated into their STEM lesson plans, but also provides a fun way to get kids to eat healthier food and support their local community farmer," Bigness explains. More information, including specifi c lesson plans, teacher training schedules and fantastic ideas for classrooms (and at-home crafts) can be found online at:

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