IDAHO FARMER BRINGS THE FARM TO CITY BOUND KIDS BRINGING THE GAP BETWEEN MODERN-DAY EATING AND AGRICULTURE
IDAHO FARMER BRINGS THE FARM TO CITY BOUND KIDS
BRINGING THE GAP BETWEEN MODERN-DAY EATING AND AGRICULTURE
NEW YORK, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Idaho Jones, "The Farmer of the Classroom," today brought a bit of the farm to some young students in New York, kicking off a national educational program entitled "From Farm to Fork with Idaho Jones."
The campaign, sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission, is aimed at students in grades K-3. The interactive in-school curriculum supplement was specially designed by education experts to help teach kids about the farm-to-dinner-plate process of the foods they eat.
"Improvements in food technology have caused our children to grow up with little or no concept of where their food comes from," said Mel Anderson, executive director of the Idaho Potato Commission. "This program was designed to help correct our children's belief that the food chain begins at the supermarket or fast food restaurant."
Using the Idaho(R) potato as an example, "From Farm to Fork with Idaho Jones" provides teachers with full color graphics, showing the farm-to-dinner-plate route of Idaho potato. The teaching kit also offers three pre-planned lessons that teach basic skills.
"The first lesson teaches children that food is, in fact, nourishment for the body, and it identifies some of the different food we get from plants and animals," Anderson explained. "Each lesson combines sequencing, language and math skills, while teaching children about the farm-to-dinner plate food chain."
A Farm Grows in Brooklyn and Queens
To launch "From Farm to Fork with Idaho Jones," the Idaho Potato Commission selected the second grade classes at P.S. 220 in Forest Hills, Queens, and P.S. 219 in Brooklyn. Idaho Jones, clad in the modern-day farm attire of blue jeans and flannel shirt, bridged the gap between eating and agriculture with a classroom presentation and potato party.
"This program provides an interactive lesson that can't be found in the textbooks," said Louise Barkin, principal of P.S. 219. "It's especially important because we're talking to children who are growing up in the city. Some of them have never seen real cows or potato fields."
Barkin went on to say that the fun, interactive design of the program encourages children to participate and learn in the process.
"From Farm to Fork with Idaho Jones" is being distributed to 5,000 schools across the country.
/CONTACT: Diana Boniface, 212-887-8015, or Chris Wood, 212-887-8011, both of Creamer Dickson Basford, for Idaho Potato Commission/ CO: Idaho Potato Commission ST: New York, Idaho IN: FOD SU: SM-AH -- NY001 -- 9539 02/13/92 08:02 EST