The 3rd Annual Lancaster County Agriculture Week – Ag Week – is October 7 – 14, 2017.
Ag Week celebrates the phenomenal impact that agriculture and the food industry have on Lancaster County’s heritage, modern future, food choices, careers, economy, environment, and more.
Join us at events, activities and tours to learn more about the positive stories of agriculture and food production and processing on those who live and work in Lancaster County.
Ag Week also celebrates the impact that Lancaster ag and food has on the rest of the state, region, nation and beyond.
Look for a special section in Lancaster Farming newspaper on Saturday, September 30 and in Lancaster Sunday Newspaper on Oct. 1, featuring local agricultural interest stories, and details for events during Ag Week.
- Saturday, Oct 7: Interactive Display on Penn Square during Harvest Breakfast at Central Market
Central Market’s Harvest Breakfast is a much-anticipated annual event. This year, Ag Week will join the event with interactive displays on Penn Square. Come ready to “ask a farmer” about agriculture.
8:00 AM to Noon
23 N. Market Street Lancaster PA
No RSVP required.
- Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8 — 58th Annual Harvest Days Festival at Landis Valley
A celebration of Pennsylvania Dutch Harvest traditions at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum. Demonstrations will include apple butter making, tavern cooking, coopering, spinning & weaving, heirloom apple tasting and more. Watch and talk with traditional craftspeople. Lots of family friendly activities including horse drawn wagon rides, lively music and great food.
11 AM to 5 PM
2451 Kissel Hill Road Lancaster PA
Entrance Fees Apply.
More details at www.landisvalleymuseum.org/index.php/visit/calendar-events/october-7-8/
- Monday, October 9 — Virtual Kick-Off of videos and social media interactions to “Thank a Farmer”
Videos will highlight local elementary school children touring farms, and thanking farmers. Also enjoy videos created by high school FFA members with their own lively styles. Tune in to www.lancasteragcouncil.com and www.facebook.com/LancasterCountyAgricultureCouncil
- Tuesday, October 10 — Introducing an Apprenticeship Program for Ag Equipment Service Technicians — A Job that Pays
PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding will roll out a new apprenticeship program for graduating high schoolers who are interested in hands-on learning of how to service equipment (a field known as mechatronics). Apprenticeship opportunities will be available through local farm equipment dealers.
10:00 AM to Noon
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
2451 Kissel Hill Rd Lancaster PA
No RSVP required.
- Wednesday, October 11 — 3rd Annual “Denim & Pearls” 5-Star Dinner on the Farm
This farm-to-fork dinner celebrates the bountiful, local foods produced by Lancaster County farms. This year’s dinner will feature a raffle to win a Mikimoto pearl and diamond pendant necklace set in 18k yellow gold, donated by Ream Jewelers. Come hungry!
6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens
3716 E. Newport Rd Gordonville PA
For details, or to purchase tickets www.oregondairy.com/product/denim-and-pearls-dinner-reservation
- Thursday, October 12 — Agriculture and the Environment
Farmers are the original stewards of the land. Many farmers in Lancaster County have installed Best Management Practices to maintain soil on their farms, and to improve local water quality. Improving local water is a responsibility of ALL residents and sectors of the County, not just farmers. Find out what the Lancaster Co. Clean Water Working Group is doing to coordinate efforts and see results!
Lancaster Farm & Home Center
1383 Arcadia Rd Lancaster PA
- Thursday, October 12 — Tree Planting in New Holland
Farms positively impact water quality in Lancaster County by installing vegetative stream buffers, along with other practices. For a hands-on opportunity to plant trees for water quality improvement, join the Lancaster County Conservation District and Tyson Foods on this farm. Volunteers should bring work gloves and a shovel, if available.1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
221 Phillip Rd. New Holland, PA 17557
RSVP to Shelly Dehoff 717-880-0848 or email@example.com
- Friday & Saturday, October 13 & 14 — “A Time of Harvest” at Rough and Tumble Historical Association
Modern agriculture is an amazing, technologically advanced science. But modern agriculture wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for pioneering inventions. Agriculture’s heritage is on working display at “A Time of Harvest”. Rough and Tumble’s last show of the year includes activities for children, and steam trains, gas engines, steam traction engines, plus corn husking and machinery demonstrations.
4997 Lincoln Highway
East Kinzers PA
Admission fees apply. Details at www.roughandtumble.org/viewreference/44/eventschedules/
Enter the gift shop, tell them you are part of Ag Week, and you will receive a free show pin.
- Special Focus throughout October — Pumpkin Farming exhibit in The Clubhouse at Hands-On-House
The number and types of farmers growing food and fiber is bountiful. Learn more about what it takes to grow pumpkins all month long. Also, check out the permanent exhibit, “Little Valley Farm”.Hands-On-House
Children’s Museum of Lancaster
721 Landis Valley Road Lancaster PA
Admission fees apply.
Details available at www.handsonhouse.org/
- Tours During the Week — Behind the Scenes Tours throughout the County
Behind the scenes tours will be available at Lancaster County’s farms and agri-businesses. Organized by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, details are at http://www.lancasterchamber.com/eventsTours are free. RSVPs are required, and can be made through Eventbrite, linked through the Chamber website.
Specific instructions may apply for the tours. Please be sure to read details.