March 8, 2016
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Agriculture plays a vital role in everything from providing food for family dinners to supplying raw materials for major industry. To raise awareness of where our food, fibers and fuels come from and thank the farmers who produce them, the Chesterfield County Cooperative Extension and Central Library will celebrate National Agriculture Week from March 11-16.
Virginia’s largest private industry, agriculture has an annual economic impact of more than $70 billion. Chesterfield County is home to approximately 200 farms, which produce a wide variety of crops from cut flowers and hops to beef cattle and hay.
Between March 11 and March 16, the Cooperative Extension in partnership with Central Library will host daily events for individuals of all ages to learn more about farming and how it affects their daily lives. Events include documentary screenings, children’s story time, demonstrations and an indoor farmer’s market. This celebration of agriculture will conclude March 16 with Animal Science Saturday, featuring interactive opportunities for youth, Chick-Fil-A prizes, and a visit from the Mobile Dairy Classroom, complete with a live cow.
All events will be held at Central Library, 7051 Lucy Corr Blvd. Chick-Fil-A and the Chick-Fil-A cow will be on site March 16 from 11 a.m. – 1p.m.
Register for National Agriculture Week events at http://chesterfield.evanced.info/signup/calendar.
March 11, 6:30–8 p.m. – Screening of “Farmers for America” documentary
March 12, 10:30 a.m. – Story Time Agriculture Reading
March 13, 2-5 p.m. - Indoor Farmer’s Market
March 14 (National Agriculture Day), 7-8 p.m. – Agriculture in VA: Politics, Trade and the Future
March 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Agricultural Demonstrations by CTC @ Hull
March 16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Backyard Poultry Seminar
March 16, 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. – Mobile Dairy Classroom