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Kids can learn farm safety at weekend Waterloo Rural Women event

'We want to keep our future farmers safe,' says event chair
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Waterloo Rural Women (WRW) are planning their 27th annual Children’s Farm and Home Safety Day for Saturday, June 1. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is being hosted by Rick and Erin Koch at their dairy farm, Riverline Farm.

Waterloo Rural Women is focusing on creating safety awareness with school age kids. Children will be divided into small groups and tour each of the stations, including fire safety for farm and home, electrical safety, tractor safety, and large and small animal safety.

“If we can protect children from serious injury by taking the time to demonstrate the dangers of a PTO shaft or blade it is time well spent,” noted Susan Martin, chairwomen of Farm Safety Day.

Martin spends hours planning and organizing the one-day event.

“People wonder why we bother to host a farm safety day each spring – we do it for the kids, we want to keep our future farmers safe!” said Martin. “We’re a committed group of volunteers who feel strongly about educating children about farm safety. We have been organizing a farm safety day annually for the past 27 years. It is a great way to support your rural community – education and knowledge is a good thing. Safety matters,” said Martin.

Farm kids live where their family works, and often times are not aware of the many hazards that are on the farm. Farm safety day presenters want to make children aware of the dangers and hazards found on the farm.

"Children will pay more attention if someone other than their parents reminds them of the dangers,” said Martin. Kids will go home and share what they have learned with their families – it’s a good reminder for everyone.

“If we can prevent one accident by hosting a farm safety day, it is time well spent, ”said Martin. “We’re heading into the busy time on the farm, but we hope folks will take time to register their children for WRW Children’s Farm Safety Day.” 

    •    Waterloo Rural Women Children's Farm Safety Day - Saturday, June 1, 2024
    •    Geared for children (ages 5-12) includes pizza lunch and snacks
    •    Host farm: Rick and Erin Koch of Riverline Farm, Baden
    •    Program: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hands-on learning, activities and games regarding safety on the farm

Please register in advance by contacting Donna Rogers at [email protected] or 519-576-1933; or Susan Martin at [email protected] or 519-669-8066.