Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center will officially open July 28, just south of Manitowoc on Gass Lake Road northwest of the Interstate 43 and County C intersection.
Planning for the center started in 2010. The $13 million attraction is a world-class, interactive discovery center that will focus on the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture within a framework of sustainable and responsible farming practices.
“Only 2 percent of Americans produce food for the other 98 percent of us,” said Julie Maurer, Farm Wisconsin board president and a Manitowoc County dairy farmer. “Wisconsin has a rich agricultural heritage.”
Visitors to the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center will connect with that heritage and learn about the fascinating future of agriculture through interactive exhibits, farm tours and a birthing barn where they can witness the miracle of calves being born.
“As a farmer, I am most pleased with Farm Wisconsin’s focus on agriculture and conservation. The land is our most important asset,” said Nic Schoenberger, Farm Wisconsin board vice president. “The evolution of farm practices to minimize environmental impact is a great story.”
Farm Wisconsin will welcome an estimated 100,000 visitors per year including school groups, bus tours, and visitors of all ages. Highlights will be:
- A 29,000 square foot discovery center with educational displays and hands-on learning opportunities
- A birthing barn where visitors can watch calves being born
- A 300-person conference center
- An opportunity to tour a local dairy farm
- A café, ice cream counter and country store featuring Wisconsin products
Farm Wisconsin is currently at 96 percent of its $13 million goal and continues to welcome donations at all levels.