We begin National Farm-City Week on Friday, commemorating U.S. food producers and recognizing their efforts among the nation’s urban citizens. Appropriately, the week ends on Thanksgiving Day. Is your dealership or independent cooperative doing anything to promote the week?
If you’re not, it’s probably because you don’t really know a lot about it. The week is organized by the National Farm-City Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing links between farm families and urban residents. This group provides local organizations with educational programs about people who grow the nation’s food.
According to Al Pell, chairman of the National Farm-City Council, it’s meant to remember and recognize everyone within the food production chain, including you and your co-workers. National Farm-City Week is recognized by a White House proclamation, and the Council recognizes businesses and other groups for outstanding work in accomplishing the mission of improving farm-city relations.
The programs and materials have focused on consumer and classroom education in recent years, utilizing student activity sheets, teacher packets, placemats, bookmarks, and more.
“In the past year, thousands of materials were used in classrooms, at Farm-City banquets, at civic club meetings, and in other venues,” according to a Council press release. “Farm-City activities are grass roots in nature. Communities across the nation hold Farm-City events ranging from banquets to tours to job exchanges. The Council works closely with Agriculture in the Classroom programs in educating students and teachers about agriculture.”
Interested in organizing a local Farm-City event? Visit www.farmcity.org or call 202-406-3706 for information. It can only help your business connect with your community, and that’s always good news.