Excitement is building for a new state of the art education center, where the goal is to change your perception of what a farm looks like in Wisconsin. Tall order, but Andy Reitz feels pretty confident they’ll at least move the needle. He’s the executive director of the soon-to-be-open Food and Farm Exploration Center in Plover.
One of the first signs that this place is different, is right there on the front lawn. Look at the world’s largest potato masher. The nearly 39-foot tall potato masher was erected to serve as a visible iconic attraction that will welcome visitors to the site. The potato masher represents the fun exploration that will happen inside and outside the new Center, honoring the agriculture industry, growers, innovators, and consumers. Plover is a perfect home for the Center because of the rich history Central Wisconsin has in the potato and vegetable industry. Andy Reitz walks Pam Jahnke through the project, and all the elements to look forward to
The Exploration Center was born out of the profound need to reconnect people to agriculture and their food. It will be a place for people to come together on a journey into the world of modern agriculture, to meet the people behind the food, to build new science and engineering skills, to connect, play and learn. It will be a teaching farm, a children’s museum, a science center and a community workshop all rolled into a tantalizing celebration of food and farming.