September 8, 2017
Acres of Adventure, a nonprofit organization based in Sycamore, Ohio, is tackling the challenge of addressing misconceptions about modern agriculture. In August, it launched a campaign to build an on-farm learning center dedicated to promoting the work of America’s farmers and ranchers.
The group points out that years ago everyone had a connection to a farm, whether it was visiting grandparents in the country or spending the summer on a friend’s ranch. Now, the average American is at least three generations removed from the farm. Because of this disconnect between farmers and the non-farm public, the group says there are countless misunderstandings about why farmers do what they do. The Acres of Adventure Learning Center plans to provide a place for farmers and consumers to connect.
Located adjacent to Hartschuh Dairy Farm in Crawford County, the learning center and related activities will allow children and adults to experience the sights, smells and sounds of farm-life. The Learning Center is designed to provide samples of today’s agriculture, while also shaping the farmer and consumer dialogue with accurate information. The Learning Center will be focused on starting conversations to help address the growing misconceptions that come naturally from a disconnect with farming.
MODERN AGRICULTURE: Acres of Adventure focuses on engaging the public about modern agriculture.
Acres of Adventure realizes that intertwined with agricultural education, there is a natural connection with the outdoors. Guests can come to the farm and enjoy nature at the same time.
Whether taking a paddle boat for a cruise across the pond, taking water samples to learn more about Ohio’s water quality issues, or exploring the woods, there is plenty to do outdoors. A low-ropes course, built inside a natural wooded environment, is one team-building activity offered.
Rose Hartschuh, Acres of Adventure executive director, says, “The time is now to proactively reach out to our neighbors to paint a positive picture of today’s agriculture. American farmers and ranchers are some of the most resourceful, diligent people out there. The new Learning Center will enable our nonfarm friends and neighbors to satisfy their curiosity and to see for themselves how the food on their plates and the clothes on their back get to them. We are excited to partner with individuals, businesses, and organizations who share similar goals of education and outreach.”
To learn more about Acres of Adventure and how you can support its focus on engaging the
public in authentic learning about modern agriculture, visit acresofadventureohio.com.
Source: Acres of Adventure
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