Pork Education Center
The Pork Education Center is Phase 2 of the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be adding the center to the Fair Oaks family of agricultural education experience,” says Gary Corbett, Fair Oaks Farm chief executive officer. “We think it will be a terrific addition and a real asset to everything we are trying to accomplish at Fair Oaks”
Sizzlin' day of bacon
Fair Oaks Farm Grand Opening of the Pork Education Center was sponsored by the Indiana Lottery – Scratch and Sniff Bring Home the Bacon game.
Celebrating the grand opening with lots of piggy treats and BACON
Jam with the Bacon Bros.
Kevin and Michael Bacon kicked off the grand opening of the Pork Education Center. Visitors enjoyed the new education center along with other adventures at Fair Oaks Farm and ended the day with the Bacon Bros. concert.
Pig Adventures, the vision
Malcom DeKryger, president of Belstra Milling and member of the non-profit board that guided the Pork Education project. Belstra Milling took the lead to build Legacy Farms – a working farm of the Pig Adventure open for touring. DeKryger thanked the long list of state associations - including Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri and Michigan pork producers -, the National Pork Board, Purdue University and numerous businesses supporting the pork industry.
Lending a non-agriculture perspective
Mike Platt, former executive director of the Indiana Pork Producers and Pork Education board member, offered his non-agriculture perspective to the project. He was 43-years-old when he had his first conversation with a farmer. Based on no interaction with farms, he admitted to having a negative picture of farms painted in his head. "When I joined Indiana pork producers, I bridged the gap between farming world and general public."
At Indiana Pork, we kept asking how do we educate the public about the pork business. Platt responds “Whatever, we do. We have to do what those guys at Fair Oaks are doing. They have figured out how to communicate to the general public, how to educate them, how to meet them at their own world and help move the needle of what they know about agriculture.”
Donations fuels agriculture education
Cargill was recognized at a grand opening ceremony of the Pork Education Center at Fair Oaks Farms on June 28 for its $750,000 contribution that will enable Fair Oaks Farms' non-profit arm to educate students and the general public on modern agriculture production practices that benefit the environment, use fewer natural resources and improve sustainability for crop and animal production.
Learning through exploring
The Pork Education Center offers a whimsical, learning environment to attract visitors of all ages to learn as they play.
Pork educational games and interactive screens are placed throughout the center.
Byproducts of the pig
Insightful messages share the amazing contributions of the pig.
Facts about pigs
Well-documented educational messages
Sharing the real environmental story of hog farming
Legacy Farms strapped a pig cam to a pig. Visitors can travel along on a day in the life of a pig.
Touring Legacy Farms
Visitors can spend time at the Pork Education Center then load the bus for short ride to the first phase – Pig Adventure a tour of the working farm – Legacy Farms.
Celebrating the amazing pig
Piggies line up for adventure
Diggin' the pig
All about the pig