What is the idea?
The average person is far removed from how their food gets from the farm to their plate. However, we have learned there are lots of ways to get connected with local agriculture, especially here in Seminole County. This might be visiting a farm, participating in agritourism activities, buying local produce or more. Seminole County has a rich agricultural history with many local farms still thriving today.
Many of our Florida farmers are approaching retirement age. The United States Department of Agriculture says there are many opportunities for youth to pursue careers in agriculture. In recently years, agriculture is not as commonly taught in schools. It is still important that youth (and adults!) learn where their food comes from. We also need youth to take over the important agriculture jobs in the future.
For this reason, we are trying to bring more attention to our local agriculture using our paper farmers. We are encouraging farmers, educators, students, friends of ag and others to bring a paper farmer on their next agriculture adventure in support of #SeminoleCountyAg. We want to see all the ways that you connect with agriculture, from being out on the farm to visiting a local farmers market.
How do I get a paper farmer?
- Download your paper farmers here: Printable 8.5 by 11inch Seminole County Paper Farmers
- Stop by the UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County Office for a printed copy!
We are located at 250 W County Home Rd, Sanford, FL 32773
Go on an Adventure with your Paper Farmer!
1. Here is the easy part! Cut out your paper farmer along the cut line.
2. Take your paper farmer on an agriculture related adventure!
3. Snap a picture of your paper farmer in agriculture. You farmer could be doing anything as long as it relates back to Florida’s agriculture. For example, the paper farmer could be driving the tractor, working on the farm, helping to harvest, packing the product for sale, selling your product at the market, attending agriculture meetings, or many other things.
4. Send us your photo by visiting this link: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2lzsSGOJjX963nU
5. Share your photo on social media using the hashtags #VoiceOfAg, #FFBinTheCommunity, and #SeminoleCountyAg. If posting on Facebook, you can tag Seminole County Farm Bureau and UF IFAS Extension Seminole County.
6. Bring your paper farmer on your next ag adventure and repeat the process!
Reach out to Morgan Pinkerton, firstname.lastname@example.org.