PFB Annual Meeting Kids’ Activities

This year, we are excited to announce that we will be offering educational activities for children of all ages at annual meeting.  Children will have fun while engaging in interactive, hands on activities.

Events #1 – 4 will require pre-registration by October 29, 2021.  Please see registration form below.

The Mobile Ag Lab is visiting PFB Annual Meeting!

The Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab will be visiting the PFB Annual Meeting in Hershey.  The lab is equipped with STEM focused science experiments for school age students and is designed to emphasize a different aspect of agriculture, including Pennsylvania’s commodities, the environment, biotechnology, food and fiber. The Foundation staff will offer two science lessons for children at Annual Meeting.

Childrens’ Events Requiring Pre-Registration

See registration form at bottom of page

Close up of bee pollinting flower

Event #1:

Crawly Critters
(Mobile Ag Lab)

Monday, November 15, 2021
1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
The curriculum in this lesson is appropriate for grades K – 2nd

Students learn how to identify insects, as well as recognize that not all insects are pests.  Students simulate the communication methods of insects and learn how farmers can sometimes use this knowledge to control insects in their fields without harmful chemicals.

Hydroponic tomatoes hanging on vines from vines from the celing

Event #2:

No Soil? Now What?
(Mobile Ag Lab)

Monday, November 15, 2021
3:30 – 4:30
The curriculum in this lesson is appropriate for 3rd through 6th grade students

With only 1/32 of our earth’s surface available upon which to grow food, how will we feed a world population of 9.2 billion by 2050? Hydroponics, growing without soil, is one possibility.  Students will discover the need for alternative growing methods, then create their own hydroponic growing system to test if plants can be grown without soil.

people digging white potatoes from a dirt trench

Event #3

Learn all about “Spuds” – From the Ground Up
Interactive Break-Out Session

Presenters: Lela Reichart, Sterman Masser, Nathan Tallman, PA Potato Grower Cooperative

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
This session is open to children of all ages

Hands on activities and lessons for children of all ages. A special appearance by “Spud”.

MyPlate USDA program icon

Event #4

Healthy Eating/Nutrition for Kids
Interactive Break-out Session

Presenter: Katie Greenawalt, Penn State Extension

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
This session is open to children of all ages

Healthy eating is important at every age. In this session, youth will participate in hands-on learning activities featuring MyPlate and the 5 food groups to set them up for a health future.

Other Activities

Pre-registration not required

photo of magnifying glass

Kids’ Scavenger Hunt

Pick-up a scavenger hunt form and instructions at the PFB Registration booth at Annual Meeting.

Children will have fun collecting tickets at various sponsor booths, visiting/viewing tractors and other fun stops along the way.

variety of vegetales in crates on racks at a farmers market

Farmer’s Market Fun
at the Foundation Booth

This activity will engage children in a conversation about agriculture as we talk about the products available at farmer’s markets and they fill their basket with local products and items found at the farmer’s market.  The activity will also show them how those foods can help them fill their plate with the necessary nutrients they need while encouraging them to eat a variety of local produce.

hands holding green soybean pods attached to the plant

Preview the Ag Literacy Week Book of the Year at the Foundation Booth

See a preview of our Ag Literacy Week Book of the Year, “My Family’s Soybean Farm”. The book teaches readers all about a Soybean Farm and what it is like to live there.  Follow a young farmer as he shows us his family’s farm and shows how soybeans grow, are harvested, and used along with many other important things about agriculture.