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Organic Valley’s Generation Organic™ Teach-In Underway in Classrooms Nationwide
Date:10/24/2013

La Farge, WI (PRWEB) October 24, 2013

Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, today announced that its first Generation Organic™ Teach-In is underway. “Gen-O™” farmers are visiting more than 84 classrooms across the nation through Oct. 25, educating over 1,825 students in grades K-5 on the benefits of organic food and farming. The Teach-In is being conducted in conjunction with National Farm to School Month http://www.farmtoschoolmonth.org/, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between schools and local food.

Generation Organic is a group of young Organic Valley farmers aged 16 to 35 who represent the next generation of sustainable agriculture leaders and who believe in the power of organic to change the world. During each Teach-In experience, Gen-O farmers will share their family farm stories and photos and lead an interactive discussion on producing high-quality organic food, including how health begins from the ground up. The young farmers will also provide a fun, engaging butter-making race activity and then eating the delicious food they learned to make themselves.

The Gen-O farmers participating in the first Teach-In hail from the Heartland to as far as Maine and California. They represent a small but growing number of young people returning to family farms or starting their own farming operation. Since 1935, America has lost approximately 4.7 million farms, and of the 2.1 million farms that remain, farmers are an average age of 57. In contrast, Organic Valley has an increasing number of farmer-owners under 35 years old, many of whom are actively encouraging more young people to pursue organic farming as a rewarding and economically viable profession via the Gen-O program.

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