New kiosk to open at NY Wine & Culinary Center

Learning about farming has gone high tech! Through the efforts of several agricultural organizations, the New York Wine & Culinary Center has a new “kiosk” that will appeal to a wide audience, including both children and adults. In this computer-oriented society, an exhibit such as this will allow the general public to learn about farming, where food comes from and other agriculture facts, while having fun.The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the kiosk at the New York Wine & Culinary Center will be Thursday, March 22 at 1 p.m. The public is invited.The interactive display will not only be eye-catching, but will also give a true picture of agriculture by creating greater understanding via a professional looking, first rate presentation. An essential part of our economy in New York State is the food and agricultural industry. These dollars are the basis and heart of our great state. Exploration of careers, technology, basics of farming and much more will enhance understanding of the economic and agricultural system and make a difference.According to Sandra Prokop, managing director of the NYFB Foundation for Agricultural Education, a variety of avenues is needed to educate the general public. “The Kiosk Project will allow us to reach a broad audience with diverse agricultural education,” she said. “There is no other product like this for agriculture and we need to be on the cutting edge whenever possible.” She foresees this kiosk serving as a model for other states and entities, supplementing the customary “agritainment/agrieducation” agriculture has used in the past.James Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, agrees. “Our mission is education. All of us need to educate young and older people in the importance of agriculture in our lives,” he said. He noted the New York Wine & Grape Foundation will also be partnering with the Farm Bureau Foundation on two or three other educational projects in the future. “We support Farm Bureau in any way we can,” Trezise stated.The program includes 10 categories with multiple choice, matching and true/false questions in a “Jeopardy” style format. The system can operate around the clock 365 days a year. It is vandal resistant and designed for ease of use by the general public.Organizations sponsoring this kiosk include the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, New York Wine & Culinary Center, New York Farm Bureau® Foundation for Agricultural Education, Cayuga County Farm Bureau®, Ontario County Farm Bureau®, Seneca County Farm Bureau®, Wayne County Farm Bureau® and Yates County Farm Bureau®.

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