ABA Interns assisted the sponsoring organizations of the Amber Waves of Grain Exhibit at the US Botanic Gardens in Washington, D.C. The wheat festival showcased the work of Dr. Norman Borlaug, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his research and development in finding high-yielding, disease-resistant wheat. The exhibit also featured wheat weavers, culinary demonstrations, wheat processing displays and other educational and fun activities for children to learn all about the wheat and baking industry.
ABA joined in on the fun with fellow organizations Home Baking Association, Kansas Association of Straw Artists, Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, Kansas Wheat Commission, Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board, National Association of Wheat Growers, Nebraska Wheat Board, North American Millers’ Association, Wheat Foods Council and U.S. Wheat Associates to celebrate the “Amber Waves of Grain”.
ABA Intern, Lillian Hyde, stated, “I had a blast volunteering at the Amber Waves of Grain Festival held at the Botanic Gardens. I helped with the home baking booth, which was run by members of the Kansas Wheat Commission and the Home Bakers Association. During the demonstration I was able to teach people how to make whole wheat tortillas from scratch. It was a lot of fun teaching others the importance of wheat and whole grains in their diets and help answer questions attendees had about the nutritional value of wheat flour. It was such a great opportunity and I was able to learn so much from the other workers.”
While the festival with some of the extra activities has ended, the Amber Waves of Grain and Dr. Borlaug exhibit is still open to public at this time and will continue until October 13, 2014 in the Conservatory West Gallery.
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Amber Waves of Grain Festival
United States Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024