Students at Assumption BVM School in Avondale, Pa., have fun with fungi April 11 as part of To-Jo Mushrooms' new #GrowingFutures education program. ( Photo courtesy To-Jo Mushrooms )

To-Jo Mushrooms, Avondale, Pa., kicked off its #GrowingFutures educational program April 11 at the Assumption BVM School in Avondale.

The program is designed to teach students about agriculture through science-based learning and to pique their interest in the fields as potential career paths, according to a news release.

“Our students really enjoyed immersing themselves into the hands-on activities that the team from To-Jo brought into our classroom. It was one of the best partner programs we have been a part of,” Christine Vogt, 5th grade teacher, at Assumption BVM School, said in the release.
As part of #GrowingFutures, To-Jo Mushrooms employees teach kids about the growing cycle, varieties and sustainable aspects of mushroom farming through hands-on activities, according to the release. Students get to examine mushrooms and mushroom growing materials through magnifying glasses and view harvesting operations through virtual reality demonstrations and portable mushroom growing beds.

The program will partner with schools in South Chester County, Pa., throughout 2018 to teach kids in the heart of mushroom-growing country the importance of the industry to their state, according to the release.

“Partnering with local schools and continuing to educate our youth, especially on topics like agricultural industries, can help shape their understanding of the impact these industries have on the food they eat”, Kevin Delaney, vice president of sales and marketing, said in the release.