WALLENPAUPACK - A retired educator who enjoys spending time with children, Susie George, of Hawley, spoke to children about agriculture a few weeks ago.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau sponsored the week-long program, where George read “Tyler Makes Pancakes,” that was written by celebrity chef Tyler Florence. 

This was the second year of the initiative, where George traveled to the Wallenpaupack North Primary School reading to children in each classroom. Each book she read, George said emphasized how foods come from a farm and arrive on the children’s tables. After she finished reading, each classroom was given a copy of the book, which was funded by the school. 

When speaking with the children, George told the students how there are farms in the area and she asked if they knew where their food came from. Together, the children answered that food comes from a farm. From that, George told the students to say “thank you” to farmers. 

When she introduced the book, “Tyler Makes Pancakes,” a child informed George that she had pancakes for breakfast that morning. 

There is more to food than what one eats, George said, since foods come from all over before arriving on a table. As she went through the pages of the books, George described the images on the pages or read what writing there was, with the children responding to what they saw and heard. 

For more information about the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, visit www.pafbfriends.org