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Student Farmers is actively looking to recruit a student ambassador in Pennsylvania, as well as farm mentors in Pennsylvania that can help guide students. Overall, student farming is a great way to reduce the distance from farm to table and increase health for students as well as their parents.
Here is an overview on Student Farmers
Student Farmers is a growing group of students who are committed to in-home and in-school sustainable farming as a means to promote physical fitness and environmental stewardship.
Our Mission: To improve health and nutrition education, combat the challenges of climate change, and support each other in generating some revenue to help pay for college.
Our Vision: To increase knowledge about the advantages of eating more heathy and locally grown vegetables across the range of high school and college age students. We also hope that many of the parents of the students will learn from their children’s engagement in our organization and adopt a diet with less processed foods to reduce the growing cost of healthcare.
Here is an example of an agriculture education program in Pennsylvania:
Lancaster County farmer teaches thousands across the country about agriculture
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — In honor of National Agricultural Day, a local farmer is working to educate students across the country.
Ed Facer, who is the general operations manager at Star Rock Dairy in Manor Township, Lancaster County hosted two virtual farm tours for more than ten thousand students across the nation on March 22.
Students saw the milking parlor, the newborn calves, and got to ask questions with real time interaction.
Facer hopes today's event inspires students to pursue agricultural careers.
"It's a great way to show kids what a day in the life of a farmer is, and hopefully build the groundwork for...what they could do as a career to be a part of the farming community and help feed the world," Facer said.
The American Dairy Association North East has been working with dairy farmers to bring their farms to the classroom since 2018.