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Pa. students learn how food gets to their table

July 04, 2006

HARRISBURG - Students learned how food travels from the farm to the table during a three-day agriculture summer camp last week.

The camp was sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension.

"Most of today's students are two or three generations removed from farm living, and we want to help them reconnect with the important role agriculture plays in modern society," said Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff.

"Ag Ventures Camp teaches children how farmers produce nutritious food, contribute to the economy, and help protect and preserve the environment for future generations."

Students participated in hands-on activities, workshops and games. Campers learned what cows eat, how to make butter, how wool is produced and how grain is grown, plus other information about food production, farm animal care and natural resource conservation.

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The camp was free of charge and open to students from Franklin, Fulton, and several other counties who have completed grades 4-6.

Ag Ventures Camp is part of an agriculture education initiative launched in 2003. The initiative encourages agricultural learning by placing an emphasis on early education and teacher preparedness.

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