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October is school group season at the Texas Agricultural Education & Heritage Center outside of Seguin.
In 2003, the big red barn and the land it sits on went from being a farm to a place where kids could learn about agriculture. This year, students from 10 counties will visit the center, and many will have an eye-opening experience.
“Most kids today think all their groceries come from H-E-B or Walmart,” volunteer Matt Grones said. “A lot of them live in the city and have no idea what it takes to grow a carrot or what it takes to put a cup of milk on the table.”
Students see cows milked and other animals up close.
“Pigs, sheep, goat, wool sheep, calves. We got a donkey,” Grones said. “We got poultry and we got rabbits.”
In addition to agriculture, the students receive a history lesson.
“We have an antique Texaco station that was a general store out here in the country where they used to sale gas for 19 cents a gallon,” Grones said.
Grones says the volunteers at the heritage center try to teach the kids the difference between needs versus wants. But since it’s in Seguin, they also pay homage to the State Nut of Texas with the world’s largest pecan.
This weekend you can experience the Big Red Barn during Pecan Fest. Click here to see a schedule of activities.