The Iowa Food & Family Project will be building (literally, building!) connections between rural and urban Iowans about farming and food at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. The fair runs August 8-18 at the fairgrounds in Des Moines. The Food & Family Project's unique exhibit will be located in the south atrium of the Varied Industries Building.
The centerpiece of this year's exhibit will feature the work of Sean Kenney, a LEGO Certified Professional who uses LEGO pieces to create amazing sculptures. Kenney's build for the Iowa Food & Family Project will be made completely of LEGO pieces showcasing the positive contributions farming makes to Iowa, the nation and the world. It will feature a colorful representation of Iowa's landscape, including rolling farm fields interspersed with farms and towns surrounded by a variety of food grown, made and sold in Iowa.
Visitors can participate in a variety of activities, including building with LEGO bricks
Fairgoers visiting the exhibit, themed "Get Connected to Farming," can participate in a variety of activities, including building their own creations using LEGO bricks, visiting with farmers and testing their knowledge about food and farming. They'll also be invited to contribute to the Iowa Food Bank Association.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
Sponsors of "Get Connected to Farming" include the Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Farm Credit Services of America, Midwest Dairy Association, Syngenta, Iowa Food Bank Association, Iowa Grocery Industry Association and United Soybean Board. "We're a proud partner of the Iowa Food & Family Project and excited to support the group's efforts at the Iowa State Fair," says David Flakne, Syngenta's senior manager for state affairs. "All food begins with a seed and that's why we're dedicated to helping plants reach their full potential so our customers can reach theirs. Sharing this incredible story at such a unique venue is an incredible opportunity for our company and the farmers we serve."
Also at this year's fair 250,000 servings of soy-based meals will be prepared for donation to Meals from the Heartland
In addition to the LEGO exhibit, the Iowa Food & Family Project and Iowa Soybean Association will join the Iowa State Fair and GROWMARK to help package more than 250,000 servings of soy-based meals for Meals from the Heartland Thursday, Aug. 8, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. near the south atrium of the Varied Industries Building. Volunteers will help throughout the one-day event and can register at the Iowa State Fair website.
Also, the Iowa Food & Family Project, Iowa State Fair and USDA will send visitors on a scavenger hunt throughout the fair to learn more about agriculture. "AgVenture" trail maps will be available throughout the fairgrounds. Once completed, they can be redeemed for a special gift at the Iowa FFP booth.
The Iowa Food & Family Project is dedicated to uniting Iowans in conversations about today's farms and food system through personal engagement and advocacy. It believes the more we know about farming, the more we grow and proudly serves as presenting sponsor of the Iowa Games and supporter of Live Healthy Iowa. It's funded in part by the soybean checkoff.