Lipman sponsors children’s farming museum

11/08/2011 04:19:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

A south Florida vegetable grower-shipper is helping build an interactive museum exhibit to help children learn more about and experience produce farming.

Golisano Children’s Museum of NaplesImmokalee, Fla.-based Lipman is helping build an interactive museum exhibit to help children learn more about and experience produce farming. Immokalee, Fla.-based Lipman is contributing $300,000 to the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, Fla., to create the “Lipman Family Produce Market” children’s shopping experience.

The exhibit plans to feature farming and where food originates, and a market section where children pick toy fruits and vegetables and “purchase” them  at a checkout register, according to a news release.

Lipman also plans to sponsor free school field trips to the museum for Immokalee children.

“Agriculture plays a big role in Southwest Florida’s economy, and this market will help educate children on the importance of fruits and vegetables — especially those that are grown locally,” Jaime Weisinger, Lipman’s director of community and government relations, said in the release. “We are excited because this museum will provide the hands-on experience that was only previously available to kids in big cities.”

Joe Cox, the museum’s executive director, said the Lipman family remains a generous partner. In the release, he said the Lipman’s involvement allows the museum to provide children and their families enjoyable and engaging ways to explore their world.

Scheduled to open in early 2012, the exhibit’s debut coincides with the 30,000-square-foot museum’s planned February grand opening.



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Stuart Erwin    
Immokalee, FL  |  November, 09, 2011 at 12:30 PM

It's good to see Lipman Produce taken steps like this to teach our children how important the farming community is to all of us.

Eva Webb    
Loxahatchee  |  November, 11, 2011 at 04:18 PM

What a wonderful opportunity for hands on experiential learning. With all the misconceptions about agriculture it is important that our youth learn just how important agriculture is. From the food that we eat to the clothes that we wear, our lives are touched every day by some form of agriculture. The Lipman family should be applauded for their generous contribution to such an amazing project.

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