May 4, 2022

Department of Agriculture Connects Students to In-Demand Careers in Green Industry Horticulture on Farm City Day

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania – To celebrate Earth Day, Fred Strathmeyer, Jr., Undersecretary of Agriculture for Plant Industry and Consumer Protection, joined Longwood Gardens management, representatives from Seed Your Future and to local school students for Farm City Day in Longwood Gardens to highlight agricultural education and recognize the future of farming. Workforce.

“Collaborating with partners this Earth Day, we’re excited to showcase farms and gardens that are making a difference in the communities they serve and inspiring students to pursue agricultural careers on Farm City Day.” , said Secretary Redding. “As Pennsylvania’s agricultural workforce ages and technology increases, employment opportunities continue to grow. Introducing students to careers in agriculture with hands-on opportunities is critical to meeting these needs and developing educated consumers.

Today’s visit included a “Find Your Way” workshop and a panel discussion with students on careers in horticulture. Pennsylvania Farm City Day is traditionally a one-day event held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center. This year, the program is expanding with events taking place across the state. Secretary Redding will tour events and highlight opportunities for students to experience hands-on learning opportunities and visit farms and gardens that are making a difference in education and workforce initiatives agricultural.

“Our mission at Longwood Gardens is to share the beauty and importance of plants in our world,” said Longwood Gardens President and CEO Paul B. Redman. “Our respected hands-on education and training programs, which began over 60 years ago, are key to sharing this mission and ensuring we have a healthy pipeline of green-collar professionals ready to ensure our thriving global garden for generations to come,” Redman said. “We are honored to join Under Secretary of Agriculture Strathmeyer, leaders of Seed Your Future, and local high school students and teachers in celebrating Earth Day and recognizing the importance of programs teaching agriculture and horticulture for the welfare of our community, our state, and our world.”

To meet the labor needs of Pennsylvania agriculture, the Wolf administration, in coordination with the General Assembly, established a 15-member Commission for Excellence in Agricultural Education. The commission is joint between the agriculture and education departments and is helping develop a statewide agricultural education plan, examining ways to increase agricultural education in urban and rural schools. . The commission was charged with developing a statewide plan for agricultural education and coordinating the implementation of related programs.

“Celebrating Earth Day at Longwood Gardens is the perfect forum to share the important work Seed Your Future is doing to promote horticulture and inspire people to pursue a career in plants,” said Jazmin Albarran, Director executive of Seed Your Future. “Seeing today’s students work directly with plants and learn about the many rewarding careers that await them in horticulture and agriculture is what Seed Your Future and our partners strive to do every day. for students across the United States,” Albarran said. “We invite more businesses to join our efforts and thank Secretary Redding and Longwood Gardens for the work they do to ensure we all appreciate the vital role of plants in our world.”

Pennsylvania agriculture injects $132.5 billion into our economy each year and supports more than 593,000 jobs statewide. Since 2019, Pennsylvania has invested more than $50 million to support and support the growth of the industry through the PA Farm Bill, the first and only of its kind in the nation. To learn more about how Governor Tom Wolf’s historic PA Farm Bill invests in growing agricultural education opportunities, visit agriculture.pa.gov/pafarmbill.

Learn more about initiatives and investments to grow, protect and support Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry at agriculture.pa.gov.

To note: Video and photos of the tour will be available on pacast.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Powers, [email protected]

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