Boone County Extension Service is choosing a unique platform via which to educate on farm health and safety: dinner theater!

The Extension office will host Farm Dinner Theater on Friday, November 16 from 6-8 PM at the Boone County Extension Enrichment Center, 1824 Patrick Drive, Burlington.

Members of the local farming community will serve as actors for two short skits, one on roll-over safety, including tractors, lawn mowers and all-terrain vehicles, and the other on exposure to pesticides, sun and tobacco. Cost is $5 per person and includes dinner with locally-grown ingredients.

Farming consistently ranks as one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States, with little change in circumstances and outcomes of agricultural injury events over the last three decades. Studies provide evidence that younger farmers experience the greatest number of non-fatal injuries; however, older farmers incur more severe and permanently disabling injuries and are at greater risk for fatal injuries than any other age group.

Farm Dinner Theater is a local iteration of a federally-funded project by the Centers for Disease Control National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health via the University of Kentucky. The project utilizes a farm theater approach known as didactic readers' theater and was built upon two decades of work by Dr. Deborah Reed, of the UK College of Nursing, and her research team in engagement with the farming community. 

No registration taken online or via telephone. Payment must be received either in person at the Extension office, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, or mailed with the form provided to P.O. Box 876, Burlington, KY, 41005. Registration fee is non-refundable. Registration deadline is November 12.

Farm Dinner Theater