Erin Hart, Farm to Table Western PA/Buy Fresh Buy Local
Tonya Wible, Director of Education with PA Friends of Ag Foundation
For Immediate Release: March 2, 2020
(Pittsburgh) – The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, a charitable organization supported by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB), will be bringing agriculture education to the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show & the Farm to Table Local Food Expo on March 6-15 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.
Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to tour one of the foundation’s Mobile Agriculture Education Science Labs and experience a variety of hands-on activities, including a scavenger hunt to learn about Pennsylvania’s agricultural commodities, a make and take fan farm to learn interesting facts about the plans and animals found on farms in PA, and a farmers market fun activity to learn the importance of buying local while stressing the importance of eating a balanced diet. The Ag Lab is open to visitors the whole time the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show is open.
- Friday March 6 10am – 10pm
- Saturday March 7 10am – 10pm
- Sunday March 8 10am – 6pm
- Monday March 9 4pm – 10pm
- Tuesday March 10 4pm – 10pm
- Wednesday March 11 4pm – 10pm
- Thursday March 12 4pm – 10pm
- Friday March 13 10am – 10pm
- Saturday March 14 10am – 10pm
- Sunday March 15 10am – 6pm
“With fewer children having any connection to farming, we created the Ag Lab program to help teachers educate their students about the importance of agriculture. Students learn and retain much of the information from the lessons, because they have a lot of fun participating in the experiments,” said PFB President Rick Ebert, who is also chairman of the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation. “The lab lessons also help school teachers in meeting state standards for science, technology, environmental and ecology classes.”
Farm to Table promotes real, healthy, locally sourced agricultural products for the communities and families in Western PA. The impact on our health, our local economy, our environment and the quality of life for our community members depends on us connecting to local farms and CSAs, retailers, restaurants that source local.
The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, which is a charitable organization supported by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau that focuses on agricultural education, operates six Mobile Ag Ed Science Labs across the Commonwealth. ###