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ESSAY ASSIGNMENTS Forest Products
Field Trip on Dairy Farming, Whatcom County, Saturday, June 1
We will meet at our two white, UW vans, in the lot in back of the Burke Museum, between the Museum and 15th Ave, at 8:00 a.m. (yea!), and be on the road by 8:15. It will take between one and a half and two hours to get to the Whatcom County farming region. We will be hosted by a series of dairy farmers in the area around Bellingham and Lynden. The agenda is as follows:
QUESTIONS FOR DAIRY FARMERS
To get full benefit out of seeing and talking about dairies and their local environment, we will compile a new list of questions that you probably should print out and bring with you on the trip.
WHAT TO BRING
Check the weather for the Western Whatcom County area and dress accordingly. Wear boots or shoes that will allow you to walk in mud and cow barns Bring enough food for a picnic lunch. Bring sun protection if the forecast is for sun. Most importantly, bring a field notebook (Rite-in-the-Rain is recommended, but expensive), something to write with, and the list of questions that we will work out in class on May 30th and then post here. If you like to take pictures, bring a camera, and then we can enjoy a slide show on Monday June 1st.
WHAT TO DO AFTERWARD
By 7:00 a.m on the morning of Tuesday, the 31st, you will need to post an analytical reflection from the trip. You should reflect on what surprised you, what you learned, and how what questions still remain in your mind about the ecology, economics, and philosophies of dairy farming, and how these might inform your environmental thinking generally.