The Nebraska Pork Producers Association and the Iowa Pork Producers Association, as well as several other agricultural groups and organizations have partnered with the Omaha Children’s Museum to present a community-engaged exhibit named Once Upon a Farm. The exhibit opened on October 18th, and will remain open until April 12, 2015.
The museum is located at 500 South 20th Street in downtown Omaha.
“Our shared vision in creating this exhibit,” said Lindy Hoyer, Executive Director of the Omaha Children’s Museum, “is to help the kids growing up in an urban environment make stronger connections to the origins of their food before it makes it to the shelves of the grocery store or farmers market.”
Children will be able to slide behind the seat of a kid-powered combine, wheel around a maze in the John Deere pedal track, learn what it takes to milk a dairy cow and hop aboard the Ag Express for an up-close look at a real life tractor. These little farmers can learn all about water and irrigation while playing under the kid-sized center pivot and see what it takes to plant and care for crops in the miniature planting station. The museum is planning different programs each week through the event’s run that will focus on a new topic and will incorporate various farm animals on special weekends.
This exhibit provides a great opportunity for Nebraska families to explore the world of agriculture, according to Hoyer. “With agriculture as a leading industry in our state, it is vital for us to help our kids understand where their future lives will intersect with the people who work and manage our farms and ranches,” she said.
The Nebraska and Iowa Pork Producers Associations encourage you to visit this new exhibit at the Omaha Children’s Museum. In fact, take your children and grandchildren. Tell your friends about Once Upon a Farm this fall and winter and encourage them to attend.
Abby Wehrbein, Pork Mentor, prepares samples of ground pork bacon burgers for families attending the Once Upon a Farm Display opening at the Omaha Children’s Museum.
During the event, volunteers learned that many folks had never eaten ground pork before. Over 1,000 tasty samples were enjoyed, and a number of folks said they looked forward to using ground pork at home.
Megan Jedlecki, second from left, was the winner of a Traeger Junior Elite Grill and a case of pork tenderloins, provided in partnership by Crawford Supply Company, Porter Supply Company, and the Nebraska and Iowa Pork Producers Associations.