Some Milwaukee kids never thought they would want to hang out with farm animals, let along show them. Now six Vincent High School girls are exhibiting their sheep at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Arianna Taylor, a junior, has been taking care of her sheep Liam ‘Chop’ Nelson, since he arrived at school this spring.
“I take him on walks everyday after school, during my lunch period, over the summer. My whole summer has been dedicated to Liam,” said Taylor.
Taylor is part of Vincent High School’s animal science program. When the teacher, Monica Gahan started she thought she would get a few animals to give the students some hands-on learning.
Before coming to Vincent, Taylor said she had you ever been around any farm animals before. In fact, she didn’t even like animals.
“I used to think animals stink,” said Taylor.
Now she and her friends are exhibiting at the fair. Taylor and senior Paola Montero-Alvarez finished at the same rank.
“I got 10th place. He got kind of nervous,” said Montero-Alvarez of her sheep.
But for the teacher this urban farming program is not about blue ribbons.
“This time and dedication and responsibility and all of these things that our young people can really, really use,” said Gahan.