The Illinois Pork Producers Association and Illinois Soybean Association are teaming up to offer fun and educational activities at Lincoln Park Zoo on Saturday, July 30. It’s a unique opportunity to meet Illinois farmers, learn about farming and discover how food is grown.

“Many people may not have the opportunity to visit a farm, so we’re excited to host this event, interact with zoo visitors and share information about how food is grown,” says Mike Haag, IPPA president and a pork and soybean farmer from Emington, Ill.

Complimentary pork burger slider samples will be served near the zoo entrance and at the “Farm-in-the-Zoo Presented by John Deere” exhibit, people can see and interact with live farm animals, there will be several free, hands-on family activities from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  

Some of the activities include:

  • Growing a soybean in a baggie to demonstrate how soybeans are grown
  • Making a snack to learn about what pigs eat
  • Testing your knowledge with trivia game

In addition to talking about life on the farm, Illinois pork producers will take the opportunity to expand the impact of their "Pork Power" initiative that helps fight hunger in Illinois. The initiative provides a system for farmers to donate pork to eight regional food banks associated with Feeding Illinois, including the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

At the event, visitors will have the opportunity to make a donation and receive a free T-shirt. All proceeds will benefit Pork Power and Lincoln Park Zoo.

“The zoo is a great asset to Chicago, so we also wanted to support the zoo and all of the great work they do in this community,” said Haag.

Lincoln Park Zoo has free admission. To learn more about the zoo, go to its website To learn more about Illinois Farm Families, click here.

Source: Illinois Pork Producers Association