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Farm-City Week encourages connection between urbanites, farmers

Friday, November 20, 2009

Some consumers in urban areas may not know about how their food is produced.
Some consumers in urban areas may not know about how their food is produced.

Many people in urban areas may feel a disconnect when it comes to those who use farm equipment to provide city folk with food.

However, a national program aims at trying to show people in cities what it takes to produce the food that ends up in their kitchens. November 20-26 marked National Farm-City Week, which is a program designed by the National Farm-City Council.

States across the country mark the celebration, including Pennsylvania, where Governor Edward Rendell declared "Farm-City Week" in the state. Rendell noted that farmers have a great responsibility in providing food, saying that one farmer in the state produces enough to feed 155 people.

"Pennsylvania's agriculture industry provides a safe and abundant food supply for the state's 12.5 million citizens in urban, suburban and rural communities," Redding said at a recent event in Center City Philadelphia.

A mobile science lab was set up in Center City Philadelphia by the Friends of Agriculture Foundation. The lab allows people to do hands-on experiments that teach them about the activities of those who use agricultural equipment.

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