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Florida Agriculture Literacy Day

March 10, 2010

On March 23, ag industry volunteers will be reading a new children’s book called “Green Florida Farms” to elementary schools around the state for Florida Agriculture Literacy Day.   This book is brand new and was developed by two employees in the Division of Marketing at the Florida Department of Agriculture.  It teaches kids about the environmental practices that Florida farmers use.

“Green Florida Farms” is a sequel to “These Florida Farms,” a book developed for Florida Ag Literacy Day several years ago.  The rhyming book follows a guide and two children as they visit different farms around the state, highlighting commodities from Florida.

Florida Ag Literacy Day is held in conjunction with National Ag Day. National Ag Day was started to educate people, especially students, on the importance of agriculture in our lives.  From the National Ag Day Website: “Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. But too few people truly understand this contribution. This is particularly the case in our schools, where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in related vocational training.” Florida Ag Literacy Day is coordinated by Florida Ag in the Classroom.  Find out more about it here.

If you’re interested in reading “Green Florida Farms” to a classroom, be sure to register before Friday!

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