New Book from Bayer
Bayer HI News Release
As part of its ongoing support for education and agriculture, Bayer Hawaii is sharing copies of its “Hawaii’s Farm to Table” activity book for children via online download and to various community groups, including several on the island of Molokai.
Created as an educational tool about the important role that farmers play in food production – from planting seeds and caring for crops to harvesting and delivering fresh products to their customers – this 36-page book is chock full of fun, creative activities that explore where some of our foods come from.
In April, Bayer’s Molokai team gave away free copies of the book to MEO’s Head Start program, and to fourth graders at Kaunakakai Elementary School as part of the school’s Earth Day celebration. Activity books were also made available to students at Kualapu’u School, Kilohana School and Maunaloa School. MEO Head Start serves children and families to support their early development and school readiness success.
“Bayer is a huge supporter of youth education, and we’re very excited about adding this new activity book to our various educational programs,” said Dawn Bicoy, Molokai community affairs representative for Bayer Hawaii. “At our Molokai events, we also included our company’s Seminis Tomato seed packets in the activity book giveaway to accompany the ‘How a Tomato Grows’ plant journal project that’s in the activity book.”
“Hawaii’s Farm to Table” follows the adventures of farmer Sam, Kona the worm and Leilani the bee as they learn about farming and growing food – and discover, among other things, that pizza doesn’t grow on trees. The island-inspired activity book was illustrated by Ileana Soon and Lori Nishikawa. A PDF copy can be downloaded for free at hawaii.bayer.us.
“Bayer is deeply committed to agriculture, and we have tremendous respect and appreciation for the hard-working farmers who produce an incredible array of agricultural products for consumers around the planet,” said Monica Ivey, corporate relations lead for Bayer Hawaii. “We hope that every youngster who opens the activity book, along with their parents, will learn a lot from its varied activities, including coloring, planting seeds, playing games, writing and drawing.”
Bayer Hawaii’s educational efforts also includes scholarships for Hawaii high school graduates seeking a college degree; participation in the Maui County Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program; internships for college students looking to pursue a career in agriculture; and support for various programs such as Future Farmers of America, science fairs, school supply drives and school gardens. Grant programs for robotics and STEM education are also available through Bayer Fund, the philanthropic arm of Bayer in the U.S.