American Dairy Association North East Photograph Emilie Mulligan of Mulligan Farm, Avon, is shown working in the barn. Emilie will host a virtual tour of the farm for area students on Wednesday.

AVON – Local students and teachers will make a virtual visit to Mulligan Farm on Barber Road this week as part of American Dairy Association North East’s virtual farm tours.

The tour, hosted by Mulligan Farm, is geared toward eighth- through 12th-grade students.

The tour is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 12. Teachers and students can register at www.AmericanDairy.com/Tour.

The Association’s virtual farm tours took off in popularity at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. The tours gave students stuck at home a chance to keep learning while teachers adapted to the new education model. The tours have continued with the reopening of schools as the Association’s member farms seek to strengthen local connections to the community.

“While we are unable to welcome guests to our farm, we are thrilled to be able to offer our on-farm experience to students virtually,” said dairy farmer and tour host Emilie Mulligan of Mulligan Farm. “During the tour, our guests will see how we care for our cows, and the environment, while contributing to our local communities.”

The tours may also help replace off-site field trips for students, which are not expected to resume for schools in the near future.

Through the use of video technology, children can experience a dairy farm tour and learn directly from dairy farmers about their commitment to care for their cows and the land, and how milk is produced.

Tours are 30 to 60 minutes long.

Mulligan Farm, which dates to 1850, is one of three Northeast dairy farms to host virtual farm tours this spring. Additional tours will be hosted by Talview Dairy in Lebanon, Pa., for Pre-K through 3rd grade on May 11 at 1 p.m. and by Stauffer Farms in North Lawrence, for 4th through 7th grade students on May 13 at 12 p.m.

American Dairy Association North East began working with local dairy farmers to bring their farms to the classroom in 2018. Virtual farm tours have grown in popularity as an informative and engaging activity for students whether they are learning in school or at home.

Previously recorded tours, with more than 350,000 views, are available here.

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