For Immediate Release Contact: Media Relations
Aug. 14, 2012 717-245-1289; firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling Kids For “Dirt, Worms & Dinner” At The Dickinson College Farm
(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Pennsylvania Association for
Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) invites children ages 8-12 to “Youth Farm
Day: Dirt, Worms & Dinner,” on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. – 1
p.m. at the Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pa.
Cost is $10 per child and pre-registration is encouraged by Friday,
Aug. 17. An organic snack will be provided.
Youth Farm Day provides a fun and safe environment for children to
see a sustainable farm firsthand and to learn how nourishing food moves
from seed to soil to table. Six supervised learning stations, each
lasting 30 minutes, include an interactive activity, game and lesson.
- Identify beneficial bugs and pest insects;
- Discover why the farm is constantly moving its sheep and cows from place to place. Children will design their own grazing plan;
- Discover how long it takes something to decompose and what makes it decay faster
- Learn how garbage can be used for fuel and how biogas is made.
- Learn how to save seeds and use them to grow food
- Go on an interactive scavenger hunt
Parents are welcome to observe, take a self-guided tour of the farm,
relax in the shade or take a short drive into beautiful Boiling Springs.
At the end of the field day, children are invited to show parents what
they’ve learned around the farm.
The Dickinson College Farm,
a PASA member, is a 50-acre living laboratory that is USDA Certified
Organic and Food Alliance Certified. Located just six miles from campus,
the farm has more than 15 acres of vegetable production ground and 18
acres of animal pasture. The harvest is delivered to the campus dining
hall, sold at the Carlisle Farmers on the Square, donated to local food
bank Project S.H.A.R.E. and distributed via a Campus Supported
Agriculture program that feeds more than 130 families. Students assist
with all aspects of food production and the farm supports the academic
interests of students and faculty, promotes renewable energy through
solar applications and builds a greater awareness among the college
community about how food is generated using techniques that help sustain
With nearly 6,000 members, PASA is one of the largest and most active
sustainable agriculture organizations in the U.S. Through business
support and regional marketing assistance for farmers, advocacy, and
public education, PASA seeks to promote profitable farms that produce
healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment.
PASA’s hallmark event, the Farming for the Future conference, draws
thousands of participants from more than 30 states and six countries
each February. For more information, visit www.pasafarming.org.
For more information, directions or to pre-register, visit http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/directions/, call 717-245-1969 or email farm at dickinson.edu.