Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
Casey Langan, Sand County Foundation
For Immediate Release:March 21, 2019
Thousands of Young Students Learn about the Role Farmers Play in Producing Food
(Camp Hill) – Hundreds of Pennsylvania farmers went back to school this week to read a book to young students to celebrate Ag Literacy Week, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation (PFAF), a charitable group supported by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB).
More than 200 Farm Bureau members visited more than 1,460 classrooms and reached approximately 36,000 students in 54 counties during the third annual celebration of Pennsylvania Ag Literacy Week, March 18-22.
The Foundation selected the book “Right This Very Minute,” which was read to students in kindergarten through second grade. The author of the book (Lisl H. Detlefsen) describes it as a table-to-farm book about food and farming.
“We think it is increasingly important for young people to gain a better understanding about the role farmers play in producing the food they eat. The future success of agriculture may depend upon a society that understands the value of farm families and how farm businesses positively impact local communities,” said PFB President Rick Ebert, who is also chairman of the Friends of Agriculture Foundation. “The book provides accurate information about how farmers care for their animals and their land, while working to produce healthy food for children and their families.”
Aside from the book reading, students participated in a fun and interactive game that invited them to review what they learned from the book by matching meal times on a clock to the work farmers do to produce the foods in those meals.
“Ag Literacy Week helps students make the connection between the foods they eat at home and the farms they come from. It also gives farmers the opportunity to relay personal stories about what it is like to live on a farm and the type of work they do to put food on everyone’s tables,” added Ebert.
For more information about Ag Literacy Week, go to https://www.pfb.com/about-ag-literacy-week.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation is an educational charitable organization supported by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. The Foundation’s mission is the preservation and promotion of agriculture with an emphasis on creating educational programs for children.