EDUCATIONAL, INTERACTIVE AND IMMERSIVE EXHIBITS ENGAGING VISITORS OF ALL AGES
The Farm Pavilion at the Northwest Washington Fairground houses The Farming for Life Experience exhibition, with additional changing exhibit and program space and an active event space adjacent to the exhibition hall.
LOBBY AND RECEPTION
This area introduces visitors to The Farming for Life Experience. From the lobby, visitors can purchase tickets at the reception desk, access the orientation theater or go straight into the exhibits. A donor panel recognition panel prominently displays the people and organizations who made this project possible.
This immersive space, built from reclaimed wood from a historic dairy barn in Lynden, offers a special place to gather and experience through film the beauty of the region, the valuable enterprise of agriculture and how it connects to a thriving community. From the rich natural resources that bless this area, the ingenuity and dedication of farmers, to the innovations and technology that advance agriculture into the 21st century, farming continues to play a vital role in our lives.
MILESTONES IN AGRICULTURE - FARMING THROUGH THE AGES
From the origins of agriculture to the technological advances that have enabled people to grow more and more food in a changing world, the story of farming is told through this quilt of milestones. From cultivating the wilderness by hand to using precision agriculture through the use of GPS and computers, farming has been a part of human history for over 15,000 years. This area culminates in an interactive exhibit on innovations in farming, the Careers Carousel and the AG-IQ Game.
THE JOURNEY OF FOOD
This fun-filled interactive gallery takes you through the process of bringing food from farms to tables. Comprised of eight stations, the exhibits start with the essentials of life on the planet and the cycles of growing, to food propagation, cultivating and harvesting and continues through different modes of packaging and transportation, wholesale and retail distribution, all the way to the end of journey—where the distance that your food has traveled can be counted. Each station offers a unique hands-on interactive experience, illustrating the principles behind getting food to our table.
THE HIDDEN COST S OF FOOD — HOW FAR DOES IT TRAVEL?
When you total the cost of food, you need to consider not only what it takes the farmer go grow it and harvest it, but the costs for packaging, transporting food, branding, advertising and marketing, the cost of supporting a supermarket and a percentage of wastage. Lift panels reveal surprising facts about the hidden costs associated with food. The last station in this interactive gallery is the Food Counter where visitors can read a menu of items to discover how far food travels to reach your table.
ALL ABOUT BERRIES
Explore the wonders and science of the raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. A large blueberry and raspberry picker simulates how berries are mechanically harvested. An interactive station on the side of the barn showcases 3 spinning wheels on the life cycles of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. A 55” screen with three button-selects highlights the mechanization and hand labor involved in berry production in the region.
THE DAIRY BARN
This re-creation of a barn facade, a central icon for this section of exhibits, is a step-in environment that explores the many facets of dairy farming . Overhead, a frieze pays tribute to the dairy farmers of the region. Inside the barn, explore Cow Wow facts of dairy and learn about the complex digestive system of a cow. An enveloping video projected onto the back wall allows visitors to watch the process of feeding, milking, grazing, birthing and raising calves. Outside the barn, in the windows on either side, explore the rotating displays about new technologies in dairy ranging from robotic milking, dietary innovations and waste management.
ALL ABOUT SEED POTATOES
Stacks of crates with a conveyor between the columns double as discovery panels where visitors learn about the seed potato plant—how it reproduces and grows. A panel showcases important facts about seed potatoes: varieties, greenhouse propagation, yields per acre and nutritional value. Inside the step-in alcove Infinity Mini-Theater you see a kaleidoscope of starters in the greenhouse, planting, growing, irrigation, harvesting, sorting and packaging and transporting to potato growers around the country and the world.
Enter the AG ARCADE to become part of an immersive hands-on experience, where fun and learning converge. Play the AG-Venture game to follow the fortunes and challenges of farming along a 38’ long game board. Sit down to Build A Farm: assemble a landscape to find resources on the land, from timber in the forests, to the rich soils and water ways where food is grown, to the estuaries and bays that are rich in seafood. Then overlay the land with roadways, vehicles, buildings, houses and farm machines to learn about the relationship between the ecology of the land and the enterprise of farming. Finally, stop at one of the two story pods to watch short films about real people with real stories, who are involved in the day to day activities of farming.
Become an astronaut and travel virtually into space to see the earth from above. A simulated model of the space shuttle becomes the projection surface for the sound, light and video experience. From different elevations, see how the region, the continents and the globe are connected by food sources grown and distributed around the world. Learn the challenges of growing food for world populations in the 21st century. In a moment, the projected earth can transform into a large plate of food to make the connections to where our food comes from.
PHASE 2 EXHIBITS
The areas highlighted in green in the above plan indicate the full scope of the new exhibits that will expand the educational opportunities in the Farm Pavilion in 2022.