NC Ag Commissioner on Summertime Ag Education
A lot of kids are getting out of school in the next few days and it’s a great time of year to educate children about agriculture.
“With all the things we do in NC, the agritourism and growing products, the summer is the perfect time. We know our kids are further removed from the farm today than they were ten years ago so there is a lot of education to do. If we can educate the kids now its much easier than to wait till they become adults.
Agritourism farms are a really good place to start. We have so many experiences across NC, from going out and picking your own fruits and vegetables, to see where our food and fiber comes from to places that you can dine on farms or participate in hay rides.
There are also some things right in Raleigh. One thing I am really proud of is the partnership that we have had with the Museum of History and Syngenta in planting crops outside the Museum. Most people wont recognize what the plants are, especially the tobacco plants, among other things like corn, cotton and sweet potatoes.
Marbles Children’s Museum recently launched an exhibit called “On the Farm” that is designed to provide kids with an understanding of agriculture today. It features a silo, a feeding trough, many animals and crops.
NC Department of Ag offers a website for agritourism farms. Its www.visitncfarms.com and you can search for a farm near you.”