Agricultural Learning Center

About the Agricultural Learning Center


The Agricultural Learning Center at the Fairgrounds was established in 2010 to provide students and educators with entertaining and informative experiences relating to agriculture. A committee of individuals with backgrounds in education and experience working with The New Jersey State Fair®/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show, the largest agricultural fair in the state, develops and implements the programs of the Center. These programs have reached over 4000 children, plus teachers and parents in Sussex County as of June, 2016.


The Learning Center supports the Sussex County Farm & Horse Show Association mission statement: “to showcase New Jersey'’s agriculture; provide safe, family friendly entertainment and engaging educational activities; and promote youth development.” The county'’s agricultural community has been very supportive. Individuals have assisted at class trip visits and donated pumpkins, corn, hay, straw and sunflowers for the students to use.



Ag Learning Center Friends & Sponsors


"Mighty oaks from little acorns grow."

Grants • Sponsorships • Donations



Oak Trees

Branchville Rotary

Lou & Debi Dobbs

Farm Bureau Women- NJ Farm Bureau

Harold & Lois Pellow

Northwest Jersey Reading Council



Newton Rotary

Tri State Rentals

Sussex County Board of Agriculture

Donna Fell & Sparta Books



Joy Barta

Blairstown Rotary

Marty Carson- 3 Seasons, Inc.

Cerbo’s Nurseries

Crisman Farms -Jeff & Debbie Crisman

Kathleen Farrell

Mike McNamara

Jane Phillips

Genie Lorenzo Roberts

Sussex County Poultry Fanciers

Lois & Ed Chammings

Karen Bevans Cassidy


AG Bag donors

Eastern Propane

4-H Foundation

Newton Rotary

Larry & Mary Ann Condit

Northwest Jersey Reading Council

Safety Scaffolds

Springfest Committee

Sussex County Agricultural Society

Tri State Insurance

Branchville Rotary



Lakeland Bank

Fresh Farms

Ken Induk- Storr Tractors

Amy’s Joy of Catering

Eleanor Bortnick

Liberty Farms

Ed & Lois Chammings

Robin Fairclough

Barbara Gellner

Karen & Dave Hansen


Resource & Development Advisors

Jane & Tom Brodhecker, Phil Brodhecker, Sherman Tomasino, Karen Bevans-Cassidy, Kathleen Farrell, Jane Phillips, Cheryl Glennon, Paula Russell, Maureen Verbeek, Lois Chammings, Joan Snook Smith, Butch Decker, Dave Foord, Cathryn Roy, Rebecca Schnetzer, Mark Musilli, Tammie Horsfield, Neil Flaherty, Alycia Randazzo, Donna Traylor, Lynn Snyder, Alice & Dennis Sensale, John Haftek, Sussex County Board of Agriculture, Sussex County Ag Development, Sussex County Agricultural Society