What is Farmamerica?
The Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center (Farmamerica) was established by the Minnesota legislature in 1978 to preserve the state's rich agricultural heritage. We started with a few acres, donated by Roy Lukken in the late 1970's, and with the help of the local community, legislators and contributors, built the center into a 360-acre site which includes an impressive Visitor Center (built in 2000), a pond and prairie restoration, many external historical buildings, plus a large collection of antique tractors and farm equipment.
Our primary focus has always been education. It is important to us that we teach schoolchildren about our rural history and how farms in Minnesota helped to provide food for the nation and the world. In many cases, their visit to Farmamerica is the first time they see live farm animals up close. Research shows that 90% of kids living in rural areas today have never had a farming or agricultural experience.
Mission: To create opportunities for all to learn the continuing story of Minnesota agriculture and its role in providing food, fiber and energy to the people of Minnesota and the world.
January 2016 newsletter: A year in review and highlights our sponsors, donors and members
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Farmamerica is an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Admissions are treated as contributions and donations. All funds received are used to underwrite the costs of educational programming throughout the year.