Sixth-grader Skylar Gutman holds a boa constrictor during the Elida FFA Apple Butter Day Nature Tour.
ELIDA — Thursday was the Elida FFA’s annual Apple Butter Day, an outdoor exhibit for students to learn about farm safety, natural resources and of course, apple butter.
“This is our 35th year doing this here at Elida, which started back when they made apple butter at the high school and then it just grew over the years into this,” FFA Advisor Dennis Pohlman said. “We actually sell the butter, too, for $5 a pint at the high school.”
Although making and selling apple butter is a beloved tradition of Apple Butter Day, Pohlman says the main point is to educate students about safety on the farm and respect for nature.
“We just hope to teach the kids about safety — safety with equipment and proper farm animal care,” he said. “We want them to understand their natural resources, like the different trees and certain plants in the woods. We also tell them about wild animals and things they should look out for and of course, how we make old-fashioned apple butter. Some people make it in microwaves these days.”
During their tour through the woods, students learned about Cottonwoods and Wild Cherry trees, raccoons, snakes and tree frogs as well as poison ivy. FFA students warned them about the dangers of playing around farm equipment and the proper care of pigs, turkeys, sheep and goats.