America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation supports local organization
CAMDEN, Delaware (February 10, 2015) – The Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation has received a $2,500 donation from Kent County farmer Melanie Thompson and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization advance their Ag Literacy program by purchasing agricultural reading and educational materials for their mobile Ag Education Lab, which has visited multiple boys’ and girls’ clubs in the region to teach them where their food comes from.
Pam Bakerian is the executive director of the Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation. “We are thankful for the support of our farming community in our endeavor to educate our youth about farming and food,” Bakerian said. She then explained the importance of the Ag Education Lab, emphasizing that there are many children who do not understand how or where their food is produced.
“Farming is a viable career,” Bakerian went on, adding, “Delaware’s vibrant agriculture community contributes an estimated $8 billion to our economy, thanks mainly to our farmers and agri-businesses.” Bakerian recognizes how important funding like this is to the ag programs in her community. “Delaware farmers are truly the backbone of every rural community in the state,” she acknowledged. “It is very rewarding to provide an opportunity for children to learn about agriculture firsthand.”
For five years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $16.5 million to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America. This year winning farmers will direct another $3.3 million to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and so much more.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown. Consider joining the conversation and helping to raise awareness about agriculture. Learn more at FoodDialogues.com.
A sister program in the America’s Farmers effort, Grow Rural Education, is currently in its farmer nomination phase. Farmers interested in supporting math and science education in their communities should visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com from now through April 1 to learn how.