Magazine article Insight on the News

Field Trips to Farmer Pitts' Are a Test of Wits

Magazine article Insight on the News

Field Trips to Farmer Pitts' Are a Test of Wits

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Lee Pitts writes a syndicated column full of worldly wisdom and farm lore that appears in the Lockeford-Clements News in California, a feature he engagingly calls "It's the Pitts." His column for Dec. 20, 2000, carded the title "Questions Concerning Cows" and the subhead "Unsuspecting teachers bring students to the Pitts' farm."

It was all about teachers who at Pitts' invitation bring their young pupils to meet the animals on his farm and the reaction the kids (and their teachers) have to the visit and to farm life. The column was sent for the people's way by Insight reader (and rancher) Joe Mehrten of Clements, Calif.

"Young children ask great questions," claims Pitts, who provides these examples:

"Why do you put bells on cows if they already have horns?"

"Do goats really eat cans?"

"When a dairy cow laughs does milk come out her nose?"

"What happens when a momma pig has more babies than she has faucets?"

And, from the same child: "Do they always drink from the same one? …

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