National Farm-City Week
How interdependent are farmers and consumers? This page takes a little time to show the connection and interdependence of the people who grow the food with the people who consume the food.
- National Farm-City Week
- National Farm-City Council
- It Should Have Been Obvious
- United States Proclamation
National Farm-City Week
The backbone of American society is its farm systems. US farmers provide the agriculture necessary to feed our nation and nations around the world.
In acknowledgment of this fact, National Farm-city Week has been established. Its purpose is to strengthen the connection between rural farm culture and urban city culture.
The President of the United States has, since 1955, proclaimed the week beginning the Friday before and up to and including Thanksgiving Day, as National Farm-City Week.
National Farm-City Council
The current emphasis for the weeks observance has been on classroom consumer education. Teachers of public, private and home-schools can access curriculum resources and materials from the National Farm-City Council.
Several years ago, there was a documentary which came on local television. This documentary showed the extent of the lack of connection of city children with agriculture and farm life.
One scene shows a teenage boy of about 16 years of age in a New York grocery store with one of the commentators. The commentator and the boy go into the meat department of the store, The commentator picks up a package of meat and asks the teen-ager where he thought the meat came from. The teen-ager looks at the man as if the answer is obvious; he then draws back and curtly says, "From the store!"
It Should Have Been Obvious
The Farm Council's point had been made and the need for educating students had been established. It was obvious to those of us who know that meat comes from animals, but to those who have never seen the connection between farm and store, it is not so obvious.
There is a connection between the function of the farm, agriculture production and city life needs to be established.
Anytime a teen-ager doesn't know that beef comes from cows, pork comes from pigs and mutton comes from sheep, we have a lot of work to do and we have a potential problem.
United States Proclamation
President Barak Obama in his 2011 proclamation acknowledges the contribution to our public health American farms have made. He declares that National Farm-City Week is a time to recognize the contribution from both farmers and ranchers throughout the country.
What can you do to help observe national Farm-city Week? Whether you live in the city or whether you live on a farm you can help increase awareness. The council has created activity sheets, teacher packets, placemats, bookmarks, etc., at their home office in Reading, PA. Interested persons can contact them through their the "orders" link on their website at http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=ordermaterials.