North Mankato, Minnesota- The Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture has formed a new partnership focused on agriculture literacy with the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.
The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is set to move to a brand new, fully renovated facility in 2015. The Center will be sponsoring an agriculture focused exhibit within the museum, but will also be forming a unique collaboration to engage students and create agriculture experiences for visitors.
"The Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture partnering with CMSM desires to educate multi-generational visitors with "Hands-On" connections directly to the agriculture industry. We are excited to engage students within the Minnesota State Colleges and University System (MnSCU) in an opportunity to communicate and educate about farm and food connections. The Center is exited for this dynamic, interactive and un-folding relationship to grow agricultural education in Southern Minnesota," said Brad Schloesser, Dean of the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture.
This collaboration with the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota will allow the Center to provide ongoing activities, experiences, and learning opportunities about agriculture not only for those visiting the museum, but for student development as well. Students will be working to develop displays and quarterly events focused on agriculture for the museum, and will be able to communicate the importance of food and farming to museum visitors.
“This collaboration with the Children’s Museum will provide visitors with a hands-on farming experience while allowing our students to create and design displays, engage visitors in conversation and showcase what farming really is. It will provide some fantastic programming and events for the museum that our students get to assist with. It truly is a wonderful opportunity for both the museum and the students,” said Sara Hewitt, Project Coordinator for the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture.
The Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture will also be providing a children's agricultural literacy book bundle for the museum.
The Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, a public-private partnership, is focused on expanding the footprint of services to producers, agribusinesses and agriculture lenders throughout Southern Minnesota. South Central College serves as the lead institution for the Center within the MnSCU system. A variety of services focused on program development and research, professional preparation, domestic and international marketing opportunities, and partnership development are offered.