Williamston, N.C. (WNCT) – More than 1,000 students were in Martin County at the Bob Martin Center Thursday. The goal was to get kids hands dirty and plant the seed for future farmers in the area.
Some students say when they think of agriculture, they think of a farmer harvesting in a field, but that’s not necessarily the case.
“There are so many different components that add to the bigger picture of farming itself, it’s a really big eye opening experience,” said student Kathryn Leggett.
From soil and seeds to the technology used in the fields, there are many different components of the industry.
“GEMO, genetically modifying seeds to be more fruitful, to be weather resistant, diseased, insect resistant,” Leggett explained.
Working farmers say it’s important that younger generations understand where their food it coming from.
“You can’t go to Walmart and pick it up without a farmer being the backbone of it, but we need them for the fiber, for your clothes,” Steve Griffin explained.
Those in the agriculture industry say they need future farmers play a role in keeping North Carolina developing.
“It’s stressed to us that we are going to have to feed a growing population in the next 50 years and this is my lifetime and if I can do something about it. Poverty and hunger is a big issue and trying to feed everyone now is a big concern,” Leggett said.
Some students preparing for college say the event is helpful in weeding through the options when it comes to higher learning locations. One of the most talked about schools was NC State.