Pa. farmers participate in Ag Literacy Week

Thousands of students learn where their food comes from

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).

Farm Bureau members visited more than 1,200 classrooms and reached approximately 30,000 students during the second annual celebration of Pennsylvania Ag Literacy Week, March 19-23.

The Foundation selected the book “Tyler Makes Pancakes,” which wasread to students in kindergarten through second grade. The book points out the plants and animals on the farm that produce the necessary ingredients to make pancakes, which is a typical breakfast food for children. A grumbling tummy and a yummy dream of pancakes starts Tyler and his dog on an adventure from farm to mouth.

“We believe it is extremely important for young people to gain a better understanding about the role farmers play in producing the food they eat,” said PFB President Rick Ebert, who is also chairman of the Friends of Agriculture Foundation. “The future success of agriculture may depend upon a society that truly understands the value of farm families and the role they play in their communities. This is more critical than ever, because most children are at least three to four generations removed from family who lived or worked on farms.”

Aside from the book reading, school students participated in a fun, bingo-themed activity and heard from the readers about their specific roles on the farm.

PFB notes that each classroom receives a copy of the book and additional lesson plans, so teachers can extend the learning process after Ag Literacy Week is over.

For more information about Ag Literacy Week, go to www.pfb.com/the-foundation/ag-literacy-week.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with more than 62,000 member families, 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.