Farm Credit Mid-America launches Discovery Park of
Union City, TN, Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Union City, Tennessee—Discovery Park of America today announced a new partnership with Farm Credit Mid-America that kicks off a new phase in the museum’s commitment and of the heritage park to educate children and adults about innovation in agriculture. The Farm Credit Mid-America Education Pavilion will be located between the Discovery Park Vineyard and “AgriCulture: Innovating for Our Survival,” an exhibit that opened in early 2021.
Farm Credit Mid-America is a financial services cooperative that has served the credit needs of farmers and rural residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee for more than a century by providing loans for the real estate, operation, equipment, housing and related services such as crops, insurance and rental of vehicles, equipment and buildings.
“One of the most effective ways for our association to help secure the future of rural communities and agriculture is through educational initiatives that bring value to people,” said Andrew Melton, regional vice president of agricultural lending at Farm Credit Mid-America. “This partnership with Discovery Park of America will provide an interactive educational experience for a variety of visitors, many of whom have no background in agriculture. We are thrilled to partner with them in their mission to inspire children and adults to “see beyond”.
The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the greenhouse to be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 11 a.m. during the park’s National Agriculture Day celebration.
The Discovery Park Education Department and others will use the Farm Credit Mid-America Education Pavilion to highlight topics related to farming as well as growth cycles, garden design, soil health and other topics related to the basics of plant science. The area will also include two greenhouses. A greenhouse will allow guests to see members of the Discovery Park team working with plants that will be used to enhance the park’s 40 acres of landscaping. An additional greenhouse will be used for children and adults for educational programs and hands-on experiences.
“The beauty of the grounds was very important to Discovery Park’s founder, Robert Kirkland, and for many years we talked about all the good things we could do with our own greenhouse,” said John Watkins, Grounds Manager of Discovery Park. “Being able to have an entire space dedicated to growing plants and educating our guests about plant science aligns perfectly with our mission.”
Other organizations and individuals are also encouraged to donate to support the construction of the greenhouses. Significant donations have been made or are committed by leading agri-tech company Green Plains, Inc., Betty and John Tanner, Michelle and Al Creswell and Diana Frankum.
Other organizations and individuals are also encouraged to donate to support the construction of the greenhouses, and donations can be made in memory or in honor of a friend or loved one. Those who will donate $100 or be included on the sponsorship wall as “green thumb” supporters. Those interested in supporting the Discovery Park Greenhouse Project can make a donation on the Discovery Park website or by contacting Mary Nita Bondurant at [email protected]
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About Discovery Park of America
The mission of Discovery Park of America, a world-class museum and 50-acre heritage park located in Union City, Tennessee, is to inspire children and adults to see beyond. Included is a 100,000 square foot museum featuring 9 interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for changing exhibits from around the world and a 50-acre heritage park. Discovery Park of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its primary funder, the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation. For more information, visit DiscoveryParkofAmerica.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.