Immigrants tour dairy farm to build relationships

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BLUE GRASS, Iowa (KWQC) -- Immigrants learning English as a second language got a good sample of midwestern culture this week.

The tour of the Majestic Manor Dairy Farm in Blue Grass, Iowa was organized by Spring Forward Learning Center. Program organizers say they wanted to give refugees and immigrants a hands-on approach to American farming.

For dairy farmer Nujen Easter, the tour was a big deal. Easter is an immigrant from Thailand, who moved to the U.S. seven years ago.

"It makes me feel like I'm strong, so I can show all the men I'm from Thailand, I can show the women, whoever, that live their life in the United States. I can show them how we feed the cows, how we milk the cows," Easter said.

Majestic Manor Dairy farm owner, David Petersen, welcomed the opportunity to open his farm doors. He says teaching them to care for cattle creates relationships and new skills they could use in American culture.

"It's a two-way street of us making a difference for each other. This is not just about them making a difference for me or me making a difference for them. This is a two-way street. I believe in the worth and the value of integrating folks into U.S. culture whenever possible" Peterson said.

Representatives from the Spring Forward Learning Center say they hope to have more trips like these in the next few months to familiarize more immigrants with American culture.

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